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The Story of Percival Pilts

Directed by Janette Goodey, John Lewis

Short Narrative
Australia | 8 min | 2015

While playing on stilts as a child, Percival Pilts declares that he’ll ‘never again let his feet touch the ground!’ He stays true to his word and compelled ever higher, he builds his stilts so tall that he no longer fits into normal society.

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Jannette Goodey, Co-Director, Story of Percival PiltsJanette Goodey
Director, Producer, Writer

Janette Goodey was born and raised in Auckland, New Zealand. She spent her childhood testing out the possibilities of every coloured crayon, taking school projects further than necessary, stitching, gluing, adding blue food colouring to cooking experiments. Janette studied at Unitec, Auckland where she completed a Diploma in Design majoring in Painting, and returned in 2006 to study for a Graduate Diploma of Design (Animation). Her film “Rip, Drip Tear”( 2010, 4mins ) played at many international festivals and won an ATOM award for best experimental short in 2011.

John Lewis, Co-Director, Story of Percival PiltsJohn Lewis
Director, Producer, Writer

ohn has a passion for animation, visual effects and puppetry. He regularly steps between handmade in camera techniques and digital solutions. He also likes to stick his fingers into every part of production.

John has directed and animated several short stop motion animations including; The Birdhouse (2005, 5mins), The Boy Who Wanted to Touch the Moon (2006, 4mins), and The Designer (2007, 8mins – Winner Best Short FIFE 2007 and Best Concept at the 9th Lucania Film Festival.) He was also an animator on Mary and Max by Oscar winner Adam Elliot.

His latest film “The Story of Percival Pilts” has won several awards, including Best Animation at the Oscar qualifying Foyle Film Festival, and has also received an international theatrical release as part of The Animation Show of Shows. John has presented this film and done Q&As at several big studios and companies such as Apple, Disney, DreamWorks, and Pixar (twice)

Film Information

Director: Janette Goodey, John Lewis
Country: Australia
Year: 2015
Language: English
Runtime: 8 min
Rating: PG


Producers: John Lewis, Terri Dentry
Executive Producer: Robin Scholes
Cinematographer/DP:  Gerald Thompson
John Lewis
Costume Design: Janette Goodey
Production Design: Janette Goodey
Original Music/Composer:  Claire Scholes

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