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Overview (2)

Date of Birth 1 August 1976Fremont, California, USA
Birth NameDonald Charles Hertzfeldt

Mini Bio (1)

Don Hertzfeldt was born on August 1, 1976 in Fremont, California, USA as Donald Charles Hertzfeldt. He is known for his work on Rejected (2000), Everything Will Be Ok (2006) and It's Such a Beautiful Day (2011).

Trade Mark (6)

Frequently animates with stick figures
His films tend to build slowly and steadily towards over-the-top climaxes
Often favors ambiguous endings
Tends to favor absurdism and surreal humor
The Fluffy Guys from Rejected and The Animation Show
Often uses classical music in his films

Trivia (12)

Graduated from UC Santa Barbara in 1998
Co-founded "The Animation Show" in 2003, a festival of animation that put animated short films into more North American movie theaters than any in history.
Was named by Filmmaker Magazine as one of the "top 25 directors to watch.".
Although Hertzfeldt's approach to animation is traditional (pen, paper, and film), his methods are self-taught and unorthodox. Most of his films are created without a script; he usually begins with a concept that is created and shaped out as the months progress. This allows for creative experiments, improvisation, and an element of spontaneity.
Creator of some of the most popular animated shorts of all time, which have been featured in over a thousand film festivals and theatrical venues worldwide.
Hertzfeldt often does not use computers in his animation or photography process. This forces him to draw every element on the screen over and over again, lending his films their jittery, kinetic appearance. He also often forgoes animating traditional key frames and instead simply draws straight ahead.
Owns and shoots with the camera that was used to shoot A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965).
Is half Swedish.
Hertzfeldt has had seven films compete at the Sundance Film Festival, which is a festival record: Rejected, The Meaning of Life, Everything Will Be OK, I Am So Proud of You, Wisdom Teeth, It's Such a Beautiful Day, and World of Tomorrow.
Received the San Francisco International Film Festival's Lifetime Achievement Award at the age of 33, for his "unique contributions to film and animation," and for "challenging the boundaries of his craft.".
In 2012, Hertzfeldt was ranked # 16 in an animation industry and historian survey of the "Top 100 Most Influential People in Animation.".
Hertzfeldt is the only filmmaker to have won the Sundance Film Festival's Grand Jury Prize for Short Film twice: for "Everything Will Be OK" in 2007 and for "World of Tomorrow" in 2015.

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