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When Lilly Laney Moved In (1991)

John R. Dilworth's 2nd professional film. This 1991 short film was inspired by the romantic comedies of early Woody Allen. Shot on 35mm, it was animated and colored by hand using 'cels'. This film made it possible for Dilworth to direct the Nickelodeon pilot, "Psyched for Supppa". A real world example of how Indy short film-making could lead to commercial opportunities. Spread wide and far. Subscribe.

Festival & Awards

1992    ASIFA-East Animation Awards, New York City, USA
1992    Best Animated Film - 2nd Prize
1992    Cinequest, Best of Shorts, San Jose, USA
04/92   Worldfest Houston, Houston, USA Gold Star Award


When Lilly Laney Moved in
Directed and Animated by John R. Dilworth 
Photography by Ron Bleicher 
Music by  Lou Volpe 
Edited by Gregory D'Agostine
Frank: Paul Carlin 
Lily: Mary Cornet 
Dr. Szell: Jay Litzman
Additional Animation 
Frank and Lilly tap dancing by Doug Compton 
Flame animation, cat sneeze and Dr. Szell walk-up by Miguel Martinez
Assistant Animation 
Chris Mason 
Ed Mironivk 
Barry Vodos
Assistant Character Inking 
Ed Mironivk 
Miguel Martinez 
Ed Reynolds
Character Color Rendering 
Chelsea Animation 
Donnare Airllo 
Gigi Amateau 
Stephen Brandt 
Betsy Neat 
Pat Roberts 
Michael Wetterhahn

Title and opening credits designed by Janet Scagnelli
Sound Recording by Phil Pearle
Assistant Color Design 
Masako Kanayama 
Ida Pearle
Collage by Marion Appel
Negative Cutting by Dick Cohen
end Credits design by Deborah J. Dilworth
Lipstick Kiss effect by Valerie L. Johnson
Title Stills: 
Hercules and Omniale by Francois Boucher - The Art Institute of Chiago 
The Love Letter by Jean Honore Fragonard - The Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY 
Pigma Lion and Galatea by Jean Leon Gerome- The Metropolitan Museum of Art 
The Storm by Ppierre Auguste Cot- The Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY 
Lovers, place D'Italie by Brassai- The Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY
Special Thanks to Ayeau King, Bruce Knapp, Karen Stark and Mark Heller 
"I Can't Believe That You're in Love With Me" by Joe Williams