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A Filmmaker Brings Pixels To Life In This Short Animated Film

Jul 23, 2015 By Jerome Okutho

When the new Adam Sandler action-comedy "Pixels" came out this week, Patrick Jean had a diplomatic critique of it: “I think the movie is not perfect, but I like it. I feel the second half of the movie could have been better. But I know they had budget issues, they had to cut some stuff.” And Jean would know: "Pixels" began as his own film project, a two and a half minute short made in 2010 for a modest budget of $5,000. Jean's premise for the short was simple -- classic 1980s arcade games begin taking over New York City one vibrantly colored pixel at a time. Within 24 hours, Jean's short was viewed over a million times. He sold it to Sony for $1 million and teamed up with Sandler's production company, Happy Madison, to create the summer 2015 feature film.

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