An Animation project by Jem Smith and Mari Kirsten

Widget Studios has completed production on Rebirth, their first animated short. The animation, produced over three months by two aspiring animators, was the final project of the University of Cape Town’s film and media production programme.

The two-minute short tells a surreal, alternate story of evolution through the actions of an unlikely hero. The animation has a minimalist but highly stylised aesthetic, with a humourous story that appeals to a broad spectrum of animation fans. Animator Jem Smith stated, “Despite some cutbacks to the first iteration of the storyboard, we were thrilled with the result of Rebirth, and we’re happy with how it’s been received by the public so far. For our first attempt at an animated short, we were proud of what we achieved”.

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