Neely Goniodsky contributed to The Thing Under the Tree through post production. Goniodsky is interested in abstract narrative and visual experimentation. In his work, he attempts to translate obscure reality into visual poetry. Goniodsky enjoys using combinations of traditional animation techniques, including ink and paint on paper, cut-out collage, and under-the-camera animation.
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.
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.
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 Premiere Pro CS6, After Effects CS6, Photoshop CC