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 is an award-winning director with strong roots in stop motion and over 20 years of perfecting his craft. Not only has his work garnered plenty of accolades—including screenings at Annecy, the Annies, the Clio Awards, and even a Wood Pencil at D&AD—but he continues to push boundaries to the most delightful dimensions in everything he does. 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.