Karnival by Jun seo Hahm

Karnival by Jun seo Hahm

Karnival is a series of super-short animated pieces created by Jun seo Hahm at Portland commercial studio Bent Image Lab. The first two episodes are up at Karnival.tv with additional episodes debuting every two weeks. The films defy easy categorization though I thought the first couple pieces were amusing and original bits of animation. The characters have a strong 3D aesthetic but the films are actually “hand-drawn digital vectorized 2D animation,” according to the filmmaker.


  • http://taber.blogspot.com/ Taber

    Very weird and cool. Reminds me of a simpler version of the styles in “The man who planted trees” or Bill Plympton’s work.

  • red pill junkie

    “KARNIVAL is a series of very short animation mainly about unexpectable behaviors of unique characters. Sometimes it is just fun but sometimes it is dirty and dangerous ! Episodes are released here bi-weekly.”

    …and bi-SEXUALLY too, apparently :-D

  • http://www.cartoonmonkey.com Chad Essley

    Nice work! Too bad the artist has to stick the label of his commercial production company on it. Did he do it at work? I suppose that falls under “work for hire”.

    Will Vinton Studios had a program many years ago called “The Walkabout” program, (Laika carries on this tradition) wherein the studio would pay an already salaried employee to make a personal film. Ideas are submitted, and 1-2 employee ideas a year are selected. The films are typically given a decent budget, and the full support of the studio, meaning the artist gets the help of several staff members in it’s production.

    The problem with this sort of thing is, that the studio owns the work. It can be used for promotional purposes, characters for television / series development, etc. The artist retains zero rights to ownership of the characters / property created.

    While it’s nice to be associated with a big studio, it pays in the long run to independently own your creations, advertising your own skills, and not the commercial entity you’re attached to. Make a film on your own time, and own it 100%. It’s far more valuable.

  • Jun seo Hahm

    Thank you for your kind advice, Chad.