For the past 12 years, Indie animator Don Hertzfeldt has created a series of inspiring, quirky, hand-drawn shorts which have delighted festival goers all over the world. He was also curator of the popular and influential semi-annual shorts showcase The Animation Show with Mike Judge.
Everything Will Be Ok and all of its special effects were photographed and carefully composited "in camera" - no CG was used in the production. Hertzfeldt generally uses 12 images per second, so a single minute of screen time requires him to draw 720 individual frames. He continues to use the old-fashioned pen-and-paper camera animation he learned in the mid-90s as a student at the University of California, Santa Barbara.
His most recent films, with their elaborate optical effects, have required even more painstaking effort. But the result is dark and hilarious, and it's increasingly expressive!
Herzfeldt will drive you wild with his last short film! You think you're watching a gag, but instead you're watching a careful consideration about the banality of our lives.
The banal life of a young man is represented by stick figures and described by a monotonous narrator. It's the first time Herzfeldt uses an omniscient narrator to carry the story: a series of dark and troubling events forces Bill to reckon with the meaning of his life - or lack thereof.
The stick figures and the narration make the banality of his life funny.