HollywoodJesus.com: Pop Culture From A Spiritual Point of View
MoviesDVDsMusicBooksComixTVGamesSportsThe Hit ListWeekly Sweeps at HJHWJ Blogs
Contact Us | Terms & Conditions | Privacy Policy | Subscribe | About

HJ Live!  Search HJ Live! Advanced SearchLogin
Share This!

Click Icon >>

Christmas Movie Eliminator
The Galactic Gazette: Star Wars News at HJ
Focus on the Force: Star Wars Commentary and Analysis at HJ
The Pipeline: What's In Store for Faith and Film
Film Festival Roundup
HJ's iON Comic-Con
Bagshot Row Bulletin: News of the film, commentary about the book
Oscar-Nominated Shorts
Behind the Short: Adam and Dog
Interview with director Minkyu Lee

I recently had the opportunity to speak by phone with Minkyu Lee, the director of Adam and Dog, one of the animated short films nominated for the Oscar. I found the film to be a very interesting look at the Eden story, since it is done from the first dog’s point of view.

First of all, congratulations on your nomination. That’s got to be exciting.

Oh, thank you so much. Yes, it really is. I’m trying to catch up with the crazy world that’s going on.

I appreciate your film. How did you come up with the idea of looking at the story of Eden from the dog’s perspective?

I read a National Geographic article kind of speculating the origin of dogs. These scientists were talking about how dogs came from wolves and how there was that one dog that came down, that separated itself from the wolf pack and came to a human village and the humans started feeding that dog and that was the start of the domestication of dogs. They were doing these experiments with arctic foxes and a similar phenomenon was happening where, in the foxes and these canine animals, there was this domestication gene where docileness or gentleness in dogs or wolves was actually genetic, and if you breed two wolves that have that kind of personality trait then their offspring becomes even more so. I was thinking about that article for a while and I was thinking if that’s true that stuff happened all over the world because in ancient Egypt they had dogs and all the way up in the mountains of Tibet they have their own dogs. So I was thinking about that.

A few weeks later in a film directing/writing workshop we were just doing some writing exercises based on ideas and brainstorming, and that article popped up in my mind and I thought maybe it would be cool to do an origin story of dogs because Greek myths seem to have all these origin stories, so I thought what would a good origin story be. Maybe that could be a good short story. And because of my faith, I think, I went straight to the Genesis story. I was like “Maybe that would be cool if I did a short about that one dog in the Garden of Eden and what that interaction was like with Adam and the dog and how the dog was kind of this unique little oddball of an animal that reacted to Adam differently from all the other animals.”

I also thought it was interesting storytelling. We see all the aspects of the Eden story, but it takes place off screen.

I thought it would be interesting to tell the entire story from the dog’s perspective and never leave the dog. The whole Fall would happen off screen, but that Fall would be so affective to everything in Eden that still you could feel that something was slowly going wrong when that moment hits.

I got that feeling with the scene of the big cat, a panther, and I immediately thought of the way Mark Twain told the Eden story, that Adam is walking along one day and all of a sudden everything begins to kill each other, and he says, “Oh, she ate the apple.”

That’s exactly what I was doing. That’s the only image of death that we ever see. And I wanted to show the dog seeing this panther kill this rabbit and be kind of startled and unsure of what he just saw and keep moving forward because he’s not discovered that aspect of danger yet. One element at a time, things are differently being affected.

Are you working on any other personal projects now?

Yeah, I am. I’m developing a bunch of different stories in various formats. I have a TV show that my friends and I are very passionate about developing full on and several feature ideas that I’m also writing the script for, and also a graphic novel idea that’s kind of been cooking in my mind, and a novel idea, but I don’t think I’ll get to that anytime soon.

One Response to “Oscar-Nominated Shorts”

  1. Darrel Manson  

    I’ve just learned that Adam and Dog can now be seen online at http://youtu.be/hq0-i8GQbgw

Leave a Reply

Subscribe without commenting


Click Icon >>

The Hobbit... Whole: Movie and Book
Bagshot Row Bulletin: News of the film, commentary about the book
Hobbit Commentary
The Galactic Gazette: Star Wars News at HJ
Focus on the Force: Star Wars Commentary and Analysis at HJ
Narnia News, with Mark Sommer
Narnia Features
Hogwarts Expressions
The Lord of the Rings, with Greg Wright
The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe

Click Icon >>

From the Top
eMPULSE: What's Hot In Electronic Media
Video Reviews
charActor studies
Sound Off
WWTD: What Would Tebow Do?
The Guide: Video Reviews of Hot Games at HJ
Church at Louie's
KJV@400: Not Just Any Old Book
Pokemon White: Catch 'Em All
Madden NFL Playoff Sims
The LOST Lockup: Archives
The Lost Library
Get Cupped Up: World Cup Coverage at HJ
Fan of the Flame
12 Days of Christmas Music
EA Sports Active 30-Day Challenge
Wolverine Spotlight
Galacticana: Melinda Ledman on Battlestar
SteinWatch: News of Ben Stein and Expelled
Tales From The Front Lines: From the set of The Bill Collector
Yo's Animal Crossing Diary
Favre Watch at HJ
The Back Page: The Intersection of Culture and Spirituality
After Eden: Sifting the Gold From the Gutter
Mii Fit: Yo's 30-Day Fitness Challenge
The Blogger Archives
Danger: The Real Missionary Position
The Dark Corner: Philip Pullman at HJ

Click Icon >>

Reflections for Moviegoers, with Matt Kinne
The Virtual Pew, with Mike Furches
Hollywood Jesus Books