Telling the story of a young woman who learns to love herself through swimming.
Waterbeing – our first self initiated studio production – is an eight minute animated film told simply through music and moving image. It focuses on the story of a young woman learning to survive in a world where everyone wants her to move in the same direction. In a world that feels sink-or-swim, will she manage to float?
Creative Director: Charlie Hocking
Produced by: Studio Kiln
Story: Charlie Hocking, Glenn Young, Harvey Hayman
Character Designer: Glenn Young
Animators: Miguel Rodrigues, Charlie Hocking
Music / SFX: Andrew Sherriff, Kath Buckler
Editor: Charlie Hocking
3D Modeling / Rigging: Miguel Rodrigues, Glenn Young
Screenprinting: Daniel Mather
The self initiated project was conceived as a way to further explore storytelling, without having to answer a commercial brief. This has given us the opportunity to create a more meditative, quieter piece of work. Based on personal experiences, Waterbeing looks to highlight the feeling of needing to perform or to race to the finish line. Only then finding that you’re not entirely happy when you get there.
We ran a successful Kickstarter campaign throughout the Autumn of 2022 to help complete the production of the project. As rewards for backers, we created unique film posters, giclee prints and even bespoke swimming badges that were tailored to each backers level.
The film is currently screening at a number of UK and international festivals and will be available to view online in 2024. Studio Kiln intends to make space for more non-commercial work every year as we believe it gives us the opportunity to learn new software, work in different mediums and tell new stories.