"Pour Games" Animated Short by Patrick Smith


A metaphorical world of diabolical wine glasses participate in a sadistic game, which is interrupted by a Puputan style protest, requiring immense self sacrifice. “Pour Games” asks the question: How much would you harm yourself to end a cycle of tyranny? When those in power are destructive of individual liberty, it is only natural that the people withdraw. Their freedom is earned by shattering the tyrannical game at great cost to themselves and their glass heads.

Another installment in the “POUR” Series, set in a metaphorical world of living wine glasses. This story explores a twisted game of power dynamics, where two masters dominate their smaller subjects. The only way to end the game is to force the masters to lose interest. An individual glass accomplishes this by initiating a self-sacrificial rebellion, shattering his own head with his fist. This becomes contagious as the others see the results. They all smash their own heads happily and the game becomes impossible to play. Realizing this, the masters move on. But a new game is quickly reconstituted.. for there will always be a power hierarchy.

Director Bio:
Patrick Smith creates metaphorical hand drawn animated short films, as well as experimental object replacement films. Previously, he was a storyboard artist at Walt Disney, and Animation Director at MTV. Smith is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and a fellow of the New York Foundation of the Arts.

★ Credits ★
Directed/Animated/colored by Patrick Smith
Executive Producer: Kaori Ishida
Associate Producer: Anita Zheng
Associate Producer: Eason Lu
Associate Producer: Michael McClain
♫ Music By Argy Ottas ♪
Sound Effects by Patrick Smith

♥ Special Gratitude ♥
Tso Tne 
Nate Milton
Thomas Shelford
Joy Buran
Noelle Melody
Tony Ingrisano
Wegfinder Shadow
Gato negro Animation
Alejandra Avalos
Mark Nettles Elliott
Red Redstar
Flying Film Festival
Barry Rubin

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