French illustrator and director FX Goby’s beautiful animated film To Build a Fire based on novelist Jack London’s classic 1908 short story is now available for a view. Jack was an American novelist, journalist and social activist and one of the first writers to become a worldwide celebrity. He was also an innovator in the genre that would later become known as science fiction.
The short film made by animation company Nexus Studio tells the story of an unnamed trapper and his dog attempting to cross the Yukon Territory to see friends in the middle of winter and its bleak, snowy conditions.
The isolated pair trek across sparse land, and failing to stay warm after three attempts to light a fire, the man freezes to death in the snow. Unfortunately this human vs nature narrative isn’t your typical Christmas animation filled with merriment and cheer, so be warned and have tissues nearby.
Recently premiered as Vimeo’s staff pick, the 13-minute film explores the American literature.
The film has won the winning Animation Grand Prize for Best Animation Rhode Island Film Festival, Best International Animation at Shorts Mexico and Best Animation at this year’s London Short Film Festival among other awards.
Since 2016, the film has been touring festivals with wide success but now anyone can watch it online.