An email dropped into my inbox yesterday from animation house Beakus that included a brilliant film from its newest director Doug Hindson. The film, DisConnect is Hindson’s graduation film from the illustration and animation course at Kingston University, London, and is made entirely with wooden puppets and shot live-action with strings and rods rather than stop-motion.

All models and sets were made from wood and card by hand, with hundreds of individual pieces designed, cut, sanded, glued and painted.

Its appeal lies in its compelling use of old-school animation to get across a message questioning the usefulness of social media sharing and continual iPhone checking, and whether this really makes us happy. It looks great, it’s very well crafted and deserves all the attention it’s picking up after becoming a Vimeo Staff pick.

Here’s Doug Hindson’s DisConnect short:


And here’s the making of…

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