The Opposites game

Animated Poem

What is the opposite of a gun?

A classroom erupts into a war of words as students grapple with this seemingly simple question in my and Anna Samo’s adaptation of “The Opposites Game” by Brendan Constantine. Entirely hand-crafted by Anna and myself, the animation is drawn in 9 hand-painted volumes of Emily Dickinson’s poetry and was stop motion animated in our two studios.

Since its premiere in 2019, “The Opposites Game” has screened at 60+ film and international animation festivals and has won more than a dozen awards, including Best Animated Short at Raindance Film Festival, which qualified it for the Academy Awards.

Role Co-Director, Animator

Produced by TED-Ed

SELECTED HONORS

Best in Show - ASIFA EAST Festival

Official Selection - Animafest Zagreb

Best Gallery Film - Anima Mundi

Best Animated Short - Raindance FIlm Festival

Best Animated Short - Downtown LA Film Festival

Best Animated Short - Florida Film Festival

Best Animated Short - Walla Walla Film Festival

Ritter Sport Film Prize - ZEBRA Poetry Film Festival

Junior Jury Award - Festival Animocje

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