Love and Memory in Åsa Lucander’s Emotional ‘Lost Property’

Åsa Lucander’s short animated film, ‘Lost Property’, slowly reveals itself to be about much more than its titular setting. It’s a heartbreaking look at love and memory, and our sentimental relationship with the artifacts from our lives.

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Now a director at Aardman having already had 10 years working in the industry, Åsa talks to us about what has led up to where she is now in her career, as well as the inspiration and process behind ‘Lost Property’.

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I’m a director, illustrator and animator. Originally from Finland, I moved to London in 2001 to study illustration.

After my studies, I got employed at 12foot6 animation studios, where I ended up working for 11 years. Sadly, the company shut down last year, but that wave brought me to Aardman where I’m now a director.

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Describing my style, you could say that I have a passion for hand-rendered drawings, exploring many different textures and mediums in all areas of work.

I work mainly in Photoshop, Flash and After Effects. I prefer to animate in quite a traditional way, redrawing frames rather than using too many symbols and tweens.

I have a slight obsession with small, quirky details that helps to create a multi-layered animations that are much more than what first meets the eye.

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The idea for the ‘Lost Property’ came to me when listening to the radio, and someone was talking about a lost property office.

I thought the subject matter sounded very interesting. All the very strange things that people leave behind or lose in one way or another.

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I found this world could be an intriguing starting point to base a short film on. 

Developing the idea further, I imagined that a Lost Property Office could represent something else, be a metaphor for something different—our mind.

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‘Lost Property’ is a love story, but above all it is about the fragility of the mind—how we take it for granted, and how lost we are without it.

It is about hope, persistence and devotion. It portrays an illness, Alzheimer’s—that robs us of who we are.

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Visually I wanted to do something different to what I had done before, and explored digital painting and spent a lot of time getting the visual look and feel with an interplay between a rich color palette and light and shadow.

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I was very fortunate that when telling the idea of the film to my producer he jumped on it, and 12foot6 decided to privately fund it. So I had a great team behind me that worked many darkened nights in order to bring it to life.

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© Åsa Lucander, 2016

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