Humble Pie is the second animated short released by Boxelder Films. It follows a fly as he learns a valuable lesson about the difference between want and need. The original title, An Occurrence at Owl Creek Cabin, was a nod to An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge, a short story written by Ambrose Bierce and later made into a film (“La Rivière du Hibou”) by Robert Enrico. In 1964, it was shown as an episode of the TV series, “The Twilight Zone”. However, this title was deemed a bit unwieldy.
Like “My Cat is Evil”, “Humble Pie” was produced entirely digitally. The backgrounds were painted in Adobe Photoshop, and character animation was done in ToonBoom Animate Pro, both using a Wacom Cintiq tablet. Compositing, editing, and the 5.1 Dolby Surround audio mix were done in Adobe Premiere. In addition to licensed pre-recorded music, additional music effects were performed and recorded using Mixcraft Pro. All other sound was produced using a Zoom H4n digital recorder, Adobe Soundbooth and Adobe Audition.
“Humble Pie” is 3.5 minutes long and is presented in full HD with a 16:9 aspect ratio. It had its world premiere at the DC Independent Film Festival in Washington, DC in February, 2015.