Frank's Joke

At 3.00 am Frank is unable to sleep as he obsesses and ruminates over his bad joke-telling social faux-pas, leading him to ponder on the nature of memory itself. He becomes trapped in a loop, a self-imposed purgatory for what seems like an age as the clock ticks by. This comedic and surreal look at how our brains can keep us awake at night and the mercurial nature of memory mixes live-action puppetry and expressive hand-drawn animation to convey both the physical world and Frank's inner thoughts.

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Edward Bulmer



Director: Edward Bulmer
Executive Producer: Duncan Gaman, Deborah Lee, Emma Cahusac, Gillian Scothern, Helen Brunsdon
Producer: Shereen Ali
Screenwriter: Edward Bulmer, Andrew Eu
Cinematographer: Bertrand Rocourt
Editor: Mdhamiri Á Nkemi
Production Designer: Anna Rzeźniczek
Sound Designer: Breen Turner
Music: Pablo Scopinaro
Principal Cast: Spencer Brown
Additional Credits: Co-writer: Andrew Eu, Animation Assitant: Richard Smithson, Composer: Pablo Scopinaro, Colorist: Vlad Barin


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Shereen Ali
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Shereen Ali
Primary Entry: Platinum Badge, Film Badge
Secondary Entry: Music Badge, Interactive Badge, Film Festival Wristband

Year: 2018
Premiere Status: North American Premiere
Genre: Animated, Comedy
Screening Section: Animated Shorts Competition
Screening Category: Animated Short
Country: United Kingdom
Language: English
Runtime: 6 mins