The Animals by Mark Wee

Mark Wee is one of the eight storytellers that will be showing his animated film at Cartoons Underground. The Animals is a paper cut-out stop-motion animation that is adapted from the life of Joseph Merrick.

Mark: “Influenced by the German Expressionist movement of the early 1900s and the silhouette animated films by Lotte Reiniger, my film is about the historically famed Elephant Man who walked the streets of Victorian England, exhibiting himself in freak shows. Abused and despised by society for his horrific appearance, Merrick is at his wit’s end when things take a serendipitous turn.”

Mark is a 2014 BFA from the Nanyang Technological University, School of Art, Design and Media and is now pursuing a Masters in Animation Art. “I love creating, designing and watching all forms of animated films; 2D, 3D and Stop-motion – especially Stop-motion. I hope to discover the endless possibilities of storytelling through animated films and strive to be able to tell that one, universal story through animation.”

Cartoons Underground – 7 December at CANVAS. From 4:30pm until 10pm – Cartoons Underground showreel showdown, from 7pm Film screening.

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