The Lost Thing is a 15 minute animated short film based on the highly acclaimed picture book by award-winning author and illustrator, Shaun Tan. The film marks the directorial debut of both Andrew Ruhemann and Shaun Tan. From final storyboards, it took just over 3 and half years to produce, featuring over 74 individual characters and 22 computer-generated sets. In order to produce a true representation of the painterly style of the original work, textural references and actual painted textures were provided by Shaun along with detailed colour scripts. The film won the Academy Award for Best Animated Short in 2011.