Colorful virtual hosts Phil and Maria will lead viewers through the creation of virtual actor Slim, beginning with his “birth” as a single polygon. When Slim is “complete,” big ego and all, Phil and Maria set him loose on his first film set, a 1930s boxing arena filled with cheering fans. Slim’s role is as a featherweight boxer convinced by a shady boxing promoter to fight heavyweight Killer, a mountain of muscle who has 43 wins–all by knockout–under his belt. Will Slip be a success in his first role? And will virtual actors ever replace real actors?

Length: 39:00

Film Details

  • Year Released: 2004
  • Date Released:
    December 2004
  • Alternate Titles: Virtual Actors, The Boxer
  • Status: Inactive
  • 3D: Yes
  • Run Time: 31-50
  • Formats: 15/70, DCI-compliant Digital
  • Distributor:

    Big Films Inc.

  • Produced By:
    TFX Animation, Taarna Studios
  • Executive Producer:
  • Producer: Pierre Lachapelle
  • Director:  Pierre Lachapelle
  • Associate Producer: 
  • Writer:  Pierre Lachapelle, Philippe Bergeron
  • Cinematography: Michele Tequere (DOP live action)
  • Sound Editor: 
  • Visual Effects:
  • Music/Score:  Steve Bramson, Jean Robitaille
  • Editor: Pierre Lachapelle
  • Narrator:
  • Other Credits:
  • Sponsors:


  • Animation


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  • First Prize and Grand Prize Image du Futur Montreal, Quebec, Canada
  • Special Recommendation, London Effects and Animation Festival London, England
  • Gold Statue, CLIO Awards San Francisco, California
  • Honorary Mention, ARS Electronica, Linz, Austria
  • Official Competition, Ottawa International Animation Competition, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
  • Trophée d’Or, F.A.U.S.T., Toulouse, France
  • Silver Medalist, The New York Festivals, New York, New York
  • Two Grand Prizes, World Animation Celebration, Agoura, California
  • Gold and Silver Awards, Les Prix de L’Institut de Design de Montréal, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
  • SCAM Grand Prize 3-D Imagina, Monte Carlo, Monaco
  • Grand Prize—Best Animation in a Trailer, Grand Prize—Best Performance Animation, World Animation Celebration Pasadena, California

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