Studio Zazac’s stop-motion short ‘Deer Flower’ wins Oscar-qualifying best animated film award at 2016 Aspen Shortsfest.
Stop-motion animated short film Deer Flower, written and directed by Kangmin Kim, has won the award for best animated film at this year’s Aspen Shortsfest.
Kim and Seulhwa Eum are the founders of Studio Zazac, the Los Angele- based award-winning animation and design studio behind the 2012 Sundance short 38-39°C.
At once unsettling, whimsical, and amusing, Deer Flower follows a young boy who partakes in an ancient rite of passage. A 3D printer was used to create all the characters and props for the seven-minute short, which were then embellished with paper cut-outs to give them more of a handmade feel.
The design of the characters began in the traditional iterative manner from sketches with pen and paper to finished 3D modeling in Autodesk Maya. Once the models were ready to be turned from digital to physical, Kim and Eum used the MakerBot Replicator 2 to fabricate the puppets.
Watch the trailer for Deer Flower in the player below: