Little Freak

Little Freak, by Edwin Schaap, is about a young deformed boy lives as a side-show freak. When his father asks him to make a birthday-wish he starts to imagine what life could be like. This short film was amazing in animation, story, and the visuals. From the very beginning there were beautiful visuals and a strong sense of atmosphere but with just 30 seconds into the film with nothing but a little flutter of a flyer and a hand whittling away at some wood you can already tell that the animation is and will continue to be amazing. [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=INHVxA-rM48&w=420&h=315]

Absolutely do not forget to watch "The Making of Little Freak" as Edwin Schaap takes us on a tour throughout the process of creating his film. The references are amazing and what I really loved were his animated displacement maps and specular map to really drive the facial expressions of his character. It was also interesting to see that his film was initially created in color and then edited to be black and white. This is different than Frankenweenie which was completely made originally in black and white. But really, that tear roll at the end is a work of art. [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s4vJpFRG0uo&w=420&h=315]