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




Peter Caires is a 2D animator from East London, currently studying at the Royal College of Art. His most recent work is a series of brief, non-linear shorts, reflecting sentiments of nihilism and misanthropy. Peter’s filmmaking approach encourages the viewer to observe and analyze, and continues to polarize audiences. Coming from a conservative Portuguese background, his work reflects an impersonal and rebellious commentary towards his upbringing. His current ambitions focus on telling stories, using more traditional filmmaking methods.

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 Peter Caires
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