Despite the fact that the internet is awash with kitteh videos that feature our favorite felines doing all sorts of weird, wonderful and downright cute things, making a short film that features our moggy mates is not as easy as you might think.
According to director Sam Huntley, trying to film the 2-minute short Tibs was an “absolute nightmare.” Well they do say never work with children or animals for a reason I guess!
If you are looking for a cutesy cat video that shows an adorable kitty playing with a ball of yarn then Tibs is probably not for you. It is slightly eerie look at a cat’s hunt for approval from its human owner and is a little creepy, but in a really good way!
Huntley isn’t a lolcats kinda guy and has a “mutual distrust” of the internet’s favorite creatures, saying: “I’ve always been slightly wary of them…and I hate the fact that you can’t read what they’re thinking — their faces don’t give anything away, and that scares me.”
Huntley had originally intended to use his friend’s pet to play the starring role of Tibs, however things didn’t go to plan in pre-production and everyone kept advising him against this anyway so he hired trained kitteh actor.
Huntley said: “It was a professional ‘actor’… but I would use that term extremely loosely.” Apparently the cat did not do a single thing that they wanted it to and what started out with the trainer using a laser and a clicker soon descended into mayhem. Huntley said it ended up being a room full of people making stupid noises, clicking fingers and attempting to bribe the decidedly stubborn creature with fishy treats!
Despite the fact that Huntley found this entire rigmarole rather frustrating, he did say it was a huge relief whenever the cat did pull of the kind of expression or behavior that he was after…
Huntley, 32, works for Mad Cow Films, his big break came with the feature documentary Zoomer and he has also directed numerous others including this bizarre Russian advert for an erectile dysfunction drug!
This Two-Minute Cat Video Is the Purr-fect Antidote to Kitteh Overload (Via Wired)