Chris Landreth as Charles
John Dilworth as Himself
Don McKellar as The Host
Ron Pardo as The Announcer/Dick Van Dyke
Patrice Goodman as Yoko Ono
Ray Landry as William S. Burroughs
Chris Landreth
Movie Release Date
Subconscious Password
June 11, 2013 (Annecy FF)
National Film Board of Canada (with the participation of)
Copperhead Entertainment
Seneca College Animation Arts Centre

Subconscious Password is a 3-D short animated film by Chris Landreth offering an imaginary, comedic look at the inner workings of Landreth's mind as he tries to remember someone's name.


The film presents the mental process of remembering a friend's name as it were an episode of the classic game show Password with various celebrities attempting to assist Landreth.


More than fifteen Seneca College graduating students worked on the film, supported by five faculty members, as part of the Seneca Summer Animation Institute. After graduation, a number of these students were hired to work on the project until it was completed in February 2013. Most of the film was produced at Seneca's Animation Arts Centre in Toronto, with three Seneca students also working on the film at the NFB's Animation Studio in Montreal. It was the first stereoscopic 3D film for Seneca College.

The images of celebrities used in the film were developed from a variety of sources with Sammy Davis Jr. appearing via live-action footage available in the public domain and James Joyce derived from photos projected onto a pseudo-3D character. The computer animation was created with Autodesk Maya with opening title sequences animated with SANDDE (Stereoscopic Animation Drawing Device) a digital animation technology created by IMAX that allows artists to create hand-drawn animation in 3D space and which has been licensed to the NFB to develop creative applications.

Landreth has stated that the film begins "relatively flat" using more stereoscopic depth to immerse audiences as the film progresses.

The film was produced by the National Film Board of Canada (NFB) with the participation of Copperhead Entertainment and the Seneca College Animation Arts Centre. The film is made with computer animation, as well as pixilation sequences at the beginning and end of the film, featuring animation director John D. Dilworth as the friend whose friend Landreth cannot recall. The film is Landreth's first 3-D film and third with the NFB, Copperhead Entertainment and Seneca College. The idea for the film came to Landreth after watching an rerun of Password in 2010.


Subconscious Password was named best short film at the 2013 Annecy International Animated Film Festival. The film had its Canadian premiere at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival. In December 2013, the film was named to the Toronto International Film Festival's annual top ten list in the short-film category. On March 9, 2014, Subconscious Password was named best animated short at the Canadian Screen Awards.



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Subconscious Password by Chris Landreth

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