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It's nice to be inventive. Watch The Lighthouse by Simon Scheiber.

Usually, it is a sign of desperation when a short animation film takes 7 years to complete.

But, for the Austrian Simon Scheiber and his short The Lighthouse, this is a case to be proud of. After all, the stop-motion technique and the 14,000 photos taken are not a negligible amount of work here. The film tells the tale of a lighthouse keeper's surprising discovery that pulls him out of his monotonous, daily routine and takes him onto a journey into uncharted territory.

Drawing from a wide array of references, from Wallace & Gromit (watch those eyes) to Béla Tarr and his seductive black-and-white atmosphere, The Lighthouse is a gentle character study of invention fighting depression.

What matters most in The Lighthouse is neither the story nor the final revelation, which turns things literally bottom-up; it is the character's emotions of anticipation, curiosity and joy which sustain rather fine The Lighthouse in its 11' 20'' duration.

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The Lighthouse

Born in Austria in 1985, Simon Scheiber taught himself how to design and animate at a young age. After working for several design studios in Europe, he founded Trim Tab and started working on commissioned and self-initiated project.