In this ongoing series, we profile the most interesting independent animation filmmakers working today — the artists who, through short films and other projects, change our ideas of what the medium can do.
This week’s subject is American animator Sean Buckelew whose visually understated body of work often explores our complicated relationship with technology.
In a paragraph: Buckelew’s films have an understated, almost plain and realistic look. Much like David Lynch with Twin Peaks and Blue Velvet, Buckelew lures the viewer into what seems to be a relatively bland, recognizable world, before taking us off course. Using a dry and dark sense of humor and a frequently disengaged, non-judgemental perspective, Buckelew’s work explores the oddness of human relationships and more specifically our often dangerous and unsettling reliance upon technology to mediate the world.