- Don Hertzfeldt
A series of dark and troubling events force Bill to reckon with the meaning of his life—or lack thereof. Cult animator and Academy Award nominee filmmaker Don Hertzfeldt (Rejected, Billy’s Balloon, The Meaning of Life) has combined his recent “Bill” trilogy of short films into one seamless, beautiful, darkly comedic feature, blending traditional animation, experimental optical effects, trick photography, and new digital hybrids printed out one frame at a time.
“Imagine The Tree of Life’s dawn-of-creation sequence recreated with electrical tape and Popsicle sticks to equally dazzling effect, and you’ll have some idea of the magic that animator Don Hertzfeldt can work with stick figures and paper. A one-man operation in a medium overwhelmingly dominated by the industrial model, Hertzfeldt has built a dedicated following over the past two decades.” (Sam Adams, Onion AV Club)
The “Bill” Trilogy: Chapter One, Everything will be OK, won the Sundance Film Festival's Jury Award in Short Filmmaking and was named by many critics as one of the best films of 2007. Chapter Two, I am so proud of you, received twenty-seven awards and was described by the San Francisco International Film Festival as “[his] best yet… even the Hertzfeldt faithful may be too stunned to laugh.”
Nearly two years in the making, the 23-minute It’s such a beautiful day is Don’s longest, and most ambitious, piece to date: blending traditional animation, experimental optical effects, trick photography, and new digital hyrbids printed out one frame at a time, the movie was captured entirely on an antique 35mm animation stand, one of the last remaining cameras of its kind left in America.