Food and felonies are inseparable in “Hardboiled”, a unique, animated satire of the classic urban American crime drama. Gritty, noir-ish, and absurd, the story follows the exploits of tough talking detectives, Harry and Callaham (an egg and a slice of ham), as they frustrate their boss, an irascible knish, shake down a sleazy bacon pimp, and tangle with a megalomaniacal strawberry.
Directed and animated (a lot of it) by Peter Sluszka, this short film still in production, has a running time of 20 minutes (so far).
Follow along behind the scenes on Instagram @hardboiledfilm.
Peter Sluszka, winner of various awards and accolades, may be the most calm and patient director in the business. With strong roots in stop motion, it’s easy to understand why. It also helps that he's gleaned a thing or two from his time working alongside the legendary Michel Gondry.
Peter is a skilled mixed-media director, but above all, he is a clever designer and a fabrication whiz. It's not uncommon to find him fully immersed in a project and getting his hands dirty with set design, fabrication, or even animation.
Having directed original content animation, commercial productions, music videos, television series, and feature films, Peter's portfolio is brimming with live action, CG, and stop-motion feats. He’s manipulated everything from traditional foam latex puppets to meat, origami, snow, yarn and (literally) tons of clay.