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




Jennifer Cardno spent her formative years scrabbling around in the dirt, collecting insects, and not an awful lot has changed. After finishing her two-year Fine Art National Diploma with a Triple Award Distinction, she went on to study illustration at UWE. After experimenting with modelmaking and animation during the end of her third year, she graduated in 2008. She then went straight into work at Bolex Brothers Studios. After freelancing at SFX and prop houses for a few years, she decided to pursue a master's degree, and is currently working towards her MA in Animation, at the Royal College of Art, London.

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 Jennifer Cardno
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Image 3 by Jennifer Cardno
Image 4 by Jennifer Cardno
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