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Anna Eijsbouts
Royal College of Art
Category: Animation
Work title: The Thing Under the Tree
Country: United Kingdom




Anna Eijsbouts is a Dutch animator and director. After earning her BA with Honors in Animation, at the Utrecht School of the Arts in 2010, she continued her studies at the Royal College of Art in London. There, she graduated from the Animation MA in 2012, after completing the film Tired of Swimming. Eijsbouts' earlier films include The Pink Widows (2010) and Riet (2009).

Gabby keeps bothering her older sister Tam to play with her, so Tam tells her a story about a monster that lives in the forest. "Whatever you do," Tam says, "you can't let it see your face." But then her phone rings, leaving the story unfinished, so Gabby goes in pursuit of the creature by herself.

Communication Objective
The Thing Under the Tree explores that bittersweet stage of childhood, when older siblings and friends outgrow or outpace one another, and no one wants to play the games which they used to love. Through the poetic imagery of childhood make-believe, an internal struggle is revealed. The stuggle lies between the desire for control and consistency, versus the acceptance of changes in life.

Tools used
After Effects was used to remove rigs and supports from the puppet animation, to create key and pivotal effects, and to color grade. Premiere was used to edit the film.

Adobe Tools
Adobe Premiere Pro CS6, After Effects CS6, Photoshop CC



Image 1 by Anna Eijsbouts
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Image 3 by Anna Eijsbouts
Image 4 by Anna Eijsbouts
Image 5 by Anna Eijsbouts
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