Animator vs Animation IV
Absolutely brilliant short film by Alan Becker where a real-world animator finds himself fighting with a stickman on a computer desktop. A tech literate piece, the narrative is mostly non-verbal but the story is told incredibly well visually. Well worth ten minutes of your time - video embedded below:
Directly after graduating from Columbus College of Art and Design in 2013, I ran a successful campaign on Kickstarter to fund the making of Animator vs. Animation IV. I worked on this animation for a year, putting in 738.25 work hours, twice as many as number 3. In this episode, I did a few things differently. First, I included live action shots to show the reaction of the animator at his computer desk. I also included a scene where I fight with the stick figure on my iPhone. This required animating the iPhone’s screen and playing it as a video on the phone itself while reacting to it, with a piece of plastic stuck to my finger so as not to actually activate the touchscreen. I also recorded my own sound effects.
Things have come a long way since Xiao Xiao …
More at Alan’s website here