A film seven years in the making, The Missing Key has been a long fought labour of love for filmmaker Jonathan Nix and his crew. The 28-minute hand-drawn traditionally-animated epic made its debut at the Sydney Film Festival earlier this year and has gone on to win a bundle of awards including the prestigious 2011 Inside Film Award. It is also currently in the running for an AACTA for best short animation.
After catching a glimpse of the beautiful trailer several years ago it has been an excruciating wait to witness the completed piece. Now, at long last, it is exciting to confirm that The Missing Key has been worth the wait. It is a beautiful feat of animated filmmaking dealing with the dilemmas of the creative process. From initial inspiration to the inevitable blood, sweat and tears required to see it come to fruition. The Missing Key explores a timeless story of the artist’s struggle in the way only animation can.
Ozanimate was lucky enough to sit down with Writer/Director/Animator/Musician Jonathan Nix and Animator Brendan Willliams during the Sydney International Animation Festival to get an insight into the making of the The Missing Key.