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A Bit of Hope from a Superhero Fan in ‘Heroes in Lockdown’ Animated Short

French filmmaker Régis Raffin’s stylized film, made by a small team from their homes during lockdown, shares the notion that nothing, especially tough times of despair, lasts forever.

French filmmaker Régis Raffin has just shared with AWN a new animated short, Heroes in Lockdown, made by his team from their homes in lockdown, to bring a little bit of hope to people suffering through the pandemic.

Directed by Raffin, with art produced by Vincent Roché and music performed by Vanessa Giangrande, the film uses their favorite superheroes as metaphors. “I sincerely hope that you are staying safe during this pandemic, but I know for some it is an unprecedented challenge,” he says. “For the first time, a lot of people are unable to work from home, to do their part, to use their ‘powers.’ As a director, I wanted to make a movie to give a bit of hope and strength to all these people.”

Raffin, who began directing films when he was 10, now creates music videos for international artists, commercial films for brands such as Louis Vuitton, Cartier, and Dyson, as well as short fictions for TV and main titles for feature films. His style comes from his passion for comics, the geek culture, and all genres of cinema. 

You can find more of the three artists’ work at:

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Dan Sarto is Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of Animation World Network.