Don Hertzfeldt

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Don Hertzfeldt (born August 1, 1976) is the creator of many short animated films. These films typically feature hand-drawn stick figures acting out combinations of slapstick and black humor along with heavier existential themes. Hertzfeldt creates all of his films using traditional animation techniques, without the aid of computers. This lends a more organic feel to his works, most evident in occasional stop-motion photography sequences (as in Intermission in the Third Dimension), as well as in the use of the celluloid and drawing mediums themselves as part of the visuals (as in Rejected).

In 2001 the animator's fifth major film, Rejected, was nominated for the Academy Award for Animated Short Film. Hertzfeldt went on to program The Animation Show with Beavis and Butt-head creator Mike Judge in 2003, contributing a trilogy of brief animations (along with the aforementioned Rejected) to bookend the exhibition of innovative animated shorts. A second Animation Show toured throughout 2005, featuring Herztfeldt's latest short film The Meaning of Life, over four years in the making.

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