“38-39°C” by Kangmin Kim

Kangmin Kim impressed in 2010 with his student short Visit. He has continued to evolve his labor-intensive mixed-media approach with his thesis film, 38-39°C, and confirmed that he is a major talent to watch.

The father-son relationship that is at the center of the film doesn’t lend itself to easy explanations, but the idea is conveyed eloquently through layered imagery and sound that achieves a fever-dream intensity. There is fantastic attention to detail throughout, and seamless compositing of visual elements. The quirky animation of the hinged paper cut-out figures provides the welcome human touch that is absent from many slickly produced stop motion shorts nowadays. Watch the making of video for a literal behind-the-scenes look at Kim’s process.


  • Lyle

    thing’s incredible!!

  • http://909pop.com Mike Scott

    Wow. Crikey. Wow.

  • Mic

    Amazing work!

  • http://www.thedavecartershow.com Dave Carter

    This is brilliant. Reminds me of Igor Kovalyov narratively and in its tiny nuances. Love it.

  • http://www.hunteachother.com Max W.

    Honestly… it’s just incredible. I don’t know what else to say. And inspiring.