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The Third Eye

The Third Eye is an animated short film about a scholar with an insatiable hunger for information. Frustrated by not understanding a book he craves he tries out a drastic shortcut to knowledge with some dire consequences. The story deals with the hubris of getting too much information with the wrong means. The design was inspired by black and white silent cinema as well as golden era Hollywood cartoons. The film is part of my Master of Arts thesis at the Media Lab, Aalto University School of Art and Design.

Still and concept images from the film:

Promotional image Still image Still image Character concept Character concept Character concept


Written, directed and animated by: Niklas Gustafsson
Editing: Maria Palavamäki
Music and Sound design: Antti Mäki

For full credits please see end titles of film.

Awards and Screenings:

1st prize in National Student Grand Prix
Film is featured in the Finnish Design Yearbook 2010-2011
Shown at Animatricks Animation Festival, Helsinki 2010
Shown at festival for Finnish short and documentary film Kettupäivät, Helsinki 2010
Shown in TV programme RåFilm 2010 on YLE FST5 channel, 2011

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