Late last year I managed to catch Conor Finnegan‘s excellent short film Fear of Flying at a small festival in Dublin. Ever since seeing it I’ve been wanting to share it with you guys and fortunately Conor posted it to Vimeo just a couple of days ago.
Fear of Flying tells the story of Dougal, a bird with a rather unfortunate fear of – you’ve guessed it – flying! With winter quickly approaching, our feathered-friend decides he’d rather avoid the journey south and instead he battens down the hatches while his friends move south to enjoy the warmer climate.
The short mixes a number of mediums together on screen at once and I think it’s a combination that works really well. Filmed as live-action puppets, the film then incorporates elements of 2D and 3D animation. Inspired by the likes of Wes Anderson, Michel Gondry and Spike Jonze, Conor’s film looks wonderful and I really love the design of all of the charters. It’s cute, funny and comes highly recommended! I can’t wait to see what else Conor has in-store for us in the future! You can keep up to date on further project by following him on Tumblr.