We are proud to announce our collaboration with Dolby® on an animated short film called Silent. The film celebrates the importance of sound in storytelling, Dolby’s contributions to cinema, and its association with the Academy Awards®.

Silent follows two unlikely allies: Moonbot’s own Mr. Morris Lessmore, representing ‘picture’ and his partner, a young girl who represents ‘sound’. When the pair discovers an abandoned theatre, they begin an adventure of sight and sound through cinema history, from silent movies to horror flicks, children’s stories, and thrillers. Silent is Mr. Morris Lessmore’s most recent adventure since appearing in the Academy Award-winning short The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore, a groundbreaking iPad app and the New York Times bestselling book by the same name.

“It was incredible working with Dolby to create Silent and also to bring Mr. Morris Lessmore back to the silver screen. To work with a partner who is the hallmark of cutting-edge sound technology like Dolby is a filmmaker’s dream. They are paving new roads with sound and picture,” said Brandon Oldenburg, who co-directed the film with Moonbot Creative Director Limbert Fabian.

“By working with Moonbot, by creating a film, it really is the perfect complement of our technology with the best of storytellers,” said Bob Borchers, Chief Marketing Officer at Dolby.

It should come as no surprise that a Dolby production comes complete with fabulous sound. The film’s sound editor is Steve Boeddeker, who has been nominated for his first Academy Award this year for the sound editing of All Is Lost. John Hunter, who previously composed the score to The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore, contributed the score for Silent.

Silent debuted at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science’s Scientific and Technical Awards ceremony on Feb. 15. The awards honor the people and companies whose innovations have advanced film. And our film is meant to do the same thing. Ultimately, Silent pays tribute not only to the collaboration between music and sound, but to the partnership between art and science that Ray Dolby built his business on.

Take a look at the making of Silent, in a behind the scenes video exploring role of sound in filmmaking:

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