A mysterious figure is moving around a lab, fiddling with an old book. If he didn’t have bunny ears we’d think he was an alchemist. In fact, the protagonist of The Maker is a bit like all of us. He lives his life and wants to leave something of substance to those who come after him. You look into his eyes and realise that, in his fiction, he’s hiding something true.
Beyond the suggestions linked to the golems of the Jewish tradition, The Maker is a short film dedicated to the creative impulse and the need to share one’s knowledge with someone else. You can read this in the words of Australian director Christopher Kezelos:
“The Maker explores the preciousness of our moments on earth, the short time we have with loved ones and the enjoyment of one’s life’s work and purpose. In their fleeting existence our characters experience joy, love, hard work, purpose, loss and loneliness. As the tagline suggests, ‘life is what you make it’ and we are all makers in this world”
The Maker was directed and produced by married couple Christopher and Christine Kezelos together with a composer (Paul Halley), a director of photography (Matthew Horrex), a puppeteer (Amanda Louise Spayd) and a special effects technician (Justin Alvarez). The short film has won numerous awards around the world, from the Sydney Film Festival 2012 to the Seoul International Cartoon & Animation Festival 2012.