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[January 11, 2013]

Oscars 2013: 'Adam and Dog,' an animated short funded out of pocket

Jan 11, 2013 (Los Angeles Times - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) -- When a filmmaker pays $25,000 of his own money, and when the crew members are all volunteers, the stakes are high enough that it's worth having a slumber party the night before the Oscar nominations.

On Wednesday, "Adam and Dog" producer-director Minkyu Lee, 27, and his crew crowded into an animating assistant's home to wait out the night. Animated short nominees wouldn't be announced during the news conference Thursday morning, they knew, but would be posted online afterward.

Before 5:30 a.m., when announcements were slated to start, the crew hooked up a laptop to a TV and settled onto the couch.

As Seth MacFarlane and Emma Stone finished talking, they began refreshing the Academy Awards homepage.

The list appeared.

"I was like, 'It's just too scary to look,'" Lee said later. "Scrolling down, finding the category ... the suspense was just too much. And then we saw our names." Lee sat on the couch, stunned and exhausted. It was a little too early for the team to process any kind of news, he said.

Hours later, the shock was still sinking in.

"I saw our film there, and there was a moment of relief," Lee said. "Then I kept going back and reading it again and again, because I kept thinking, 'Did I read that right Is it really there Yes, it's there. Yes, it's there.' " VIDEO: Directors Roundtable VIDEO: Envelope Screening Series Oscar Watch: Everything you need to know about the top films ___ (c)2013 the Los Angeles Times Visit the Los Angeles Times at Distributed by MCT Information Services

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