A WIP short independent animation, working title “Darling Tenderloins,” about reciprocity of sentient beings (fungi, trees/plants and animals) and mankind's interference with symbiosis. The animation combines 2D line drawn animation, digital painting, 3D cameras, compositing, stop motion techniques, including sculptural elements, and sound design.
My work often relies on mythology, deconstructed narrative and mutualism - ecology. A Radiolab podcast featuring German forester Peter Wohlleben and Canadian ecologist Suzanne Simard on the “wood wide web” and the complex communication network of trees, feeder roots and a fungi freeway that operates like a large organism prompted research on their theories. Two previous animations (The Mutualists and Bludren) dealt with reciprocity of species, plant myths (mandrake myth, insectivorous plants) and transformation. A commissioned animation for TED-Ed discussed the carbon cycle and ecology. I return to these themes, although I challenge myself to resort to different techniques artistically and structurally. With Darling Tenderloins my goal is to preserve these concepts, refer to rabbit/hare folklore (Nanabozho) of the Quebec Algonquins through a hybrid rabbit character, a network of fungi/vegetation, bee pollinators, and two humans who are exposed to this environment.