A Hanover Township native’s script for an animated short film has won a screenwriting competition at the prestigious Nashville Film Fest.
“Fridge Mates,” which is based on condiments coming to life behind refrigerators’ doors, was written by Nichole Kanney and won the Family/Animation Short Script category in Nashville.
“(The idea) came from having two toddlers,” Kanney said about her children, Aurora and Kendrick.
The film depicts Callie Ketchup getting put in the pantry and her friends — which include Marty Mustard, Randy Relish and Sophia Salsa — coming to her rescue before she spoils.
According to Kanney, it has a “Shrek”-like feel.
“It has subtle adult scenes but still is tasteful for kids,” she said, describing a scene where Marty Mustard falls onto Callie Ketchup in a shopping cart at a grocery store.
Kanney graduated from Hanover Area High School, the University of the Arts in Philadelphia with a Bachelor of Fine Art in screenwriting and Wilkes University with her Master of Fine Arts in June 2015.
It was in classes at Wilkes that the plot of the movie came to her.
She said it took her “two months at most” to write the script.
“It was actually done as a final portfolio project,” she said. “I was able to work on it in spurts.”
Because it’s a short, Kanney said, she was able “to engage in the characters.”
The festival is the second biggest film festival in the United States.
The short — 17 script pages or 15 screen minutes — needs to be animated.
“Once you get the picture, you get the voice,” she said. Her intention is to keep everything — storyboard, animation, voices— within the arts community. Friends from Wilkes have already offered their voices for the animation.
Kanney currently lives in Richmond, Indiana, with her husband, Wallace, and the toddlers. She is a freelance copywriter for websites.
The Hanover Township community and her community in Indiana are “similar,” Kanney notes.
“It’s a nice place for kids, lots of family activities,” she said noting that she misses the mountains of Pennsylvania because “Indiana is flat.”
Kanney will be back in town to teach a six-week comedy workshop at Wilkes this summer.