Telling the story of a young woman who learns to love herself through swimming.

Waterbeing

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Culture
Film
22

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?

Credits

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

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Storyboarding
Character Design
Motion Design
Sound Design
Print Production

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Culture

Early sketches and character development of the older character in the Waterbeing animated short.

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.

The Waterbeing poster depicting the illustrated main character standing on top of the Waterbeing title as if stood on the edge of the swimming pool. This was gifted as part of the Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign.
The framed Waterbeing poster depicting the illustrated main character standing on top of the Waterbeing title as if stood on the edge of the swimming pool. This was gifted as part of the Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign.
Waterbeing embroidered swimming badges referencing the ones you received at school. These were gifted as part of the Kickstarter Crowdfunding campaign.

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.  

Illustrated storyboards for the Waterbeing animated film.
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Studio Kiln is a creative practice that operates across brand, digital and motion. Not led by a single style or medium, we collaborate with contemporary brands, institutions and individuals, bringing life to playful concepts that connect with the world we live in.

We look to find the creative opportunity in every challenge, we give ideas space, and encourage new ways to communicate, in the pursuit of something unexpected and uncommon.

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