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




Zuzia Ziolkowska was born in Lodz, Poland. Ziolkowska is currently living in London. Ziolkowska graduated with a BA in Music and Sonic Media, from South Bank University, London in 2012. Ziolkowska has contributed as the Composer and Sound Designer for the following animations and films: 2010 ''The dreambox'' directed by Zuzia Ziolkowska and Karolina Glusiec 2011 ''Performance'' dir. Karolina Glusiec 2011 ''Untitled(Dust)'' dir. N'gendo Mukii 2011 ''Do it'' dir. Dorota Gaweda 2012 ''Velocity'' dir. Karolina Glusiec 2013 ''The Thing Under the Tree'' dir. Lily Fang 2013 ''The age of curious'' dir. Luca Toth Currently, Ziolkowska is working on the animation and score, for a self-directed film, ''Jozia Byczko''.

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 Zuzanna Ziolkowska
Image 2 by Zuzanna Ziolkowska
Image 3 by Zuzanna Ziolkowska
Image 4 by Zuzanna Ziolkowska
Image 5 by Zuzanna Ziolkowska
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