17 June 2012


In the (not so distant?) future a man and his child go in search of the most precious substance on the planet – water.  Unfortunately for them they are not the only ones out on the sweltering streets that day. This is a beautifully crafted animated short which was made by Jacob Streilein as part of his studies at CalArts.

What I particularly like about Swelter is that Jacob has not made any attempt at realism either in the characters or their environment. As such a new world is, effectively, created and one which suits the sparse story exceptionally well. In terms of style it and design has an almost European feel to it but its wordlessness makes it universal.