The Present, A Student Animated Short, Will Charm You To Tears

The present animated short

A Vimeo staff pick this month, The Present, an animated short created as a student thesis project in Germany, is thoroughly charming and the very definition of ‘sweet’.

The Present animated short

The Present animated short

The 4 minute long The Present is an animated short by director/character animator Jacob Frey that he created as his graduate thesis in Animation, Visual Effects and Digital Postproduction at the Filmakademie Baden-Wuerttemberg in Ludwigsburg, Germany with help from other talented students. (Full credits at the end of the post). If it doesn’t give you goosebumps by the end, you are undoubtedly heartless.

It is based on a great little comic strip by Fabio Coala Cavalcanti. The charming piece has been credited with getting Jacob a job at the coveted Disney Pixar Animation Studios.

After finishing “The Present” and graduating from Filmakademie, Jacob went to Walt Disney Animation Studios to take part in their Talent Development Program. There he worked as an animator on the feature animated film “Zootopia”.

Jacob Frey sound editing with Marco Manzo
Jacob Frey sound editing with Marco Manzo

The short film has been screened at over 180 film festivals and has won more than 50 awards worldwide.

The Present team working in the room A2.17 at Filmakademie Baden-Wuerttemberg

Director / Animator: Jacob Frey :

Jacob Frey, director and character animator of of The Present
Jacob Frey, director and character animator of of The Present

Soundtrack by “Zealand”

direction & animation: Jacob Frey
lighting / shading / rendering: Markus Kranzler
producer: Anna Matacz
line producer: Jacob Frey
cast: Quinn Nealey & Sam Brown
character design: Max Lang
visual development: Bin-Han To
character modeling: Anja Wacker
set modeling: Jacob Frey
texture lead: Natalia Alencar
facial rigging lead: Pascal Floerks
facial rigging mum: Hanna Binswanger
body rigging: Polina Bambi & Nicolai Slothuus
compositing: Falko Paeper & Matthias Bäuerle
music: Tobias Bürger
vocals: Sarah Kämmerer
sounddesign / mix: Marco Manzo
grooming artists: Anja Wacker, Markus Kranzler, Jacob Frey & Pascal Floerks
logo design: Katrin Schneider
trailer editing: Ewa Wojakowska

Jacob Frey