Tuesday, March 31, 2015

'Artoo In Love' Shows R2-D2 Getting His Little Metal Heart Broken By A Mailbox

Dating isn't easy, even for droids.



The new short film "Artoo in Love" looks at the astromech's travails as he struggles to find love in San Francisco and Berkeley.



And just when he thinks he's found it... a rival steps in.



Check it out in the clip above.



"Artoo in Love," which made its debut over the weekend at the Sonoma Film Festival, was written and directed by Evan Atherton, an Autodesk engineer who works on "experimenting with new technologies as they relate to digital design."



"People have definitely been having real emotional reactions to it," Atherton told Mashable. "I think that stems from what always made Artoo special: He was more than just a machine. So seeing that play out, and seeing Artoo really sad, tugs on some childhood heartstrings."



Gizmodo reports that Atherton spent two years working on the film, using a 3D printer at Autodesk's San Francisco offices to make the parts for the pink R2 unit.



Animation World Network has some of the technical details of the production.





(h/t SFist)



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