SEED / 11:42 minutes
Artist name: Ben Richardson & Daniel Bird
An egg and an apple build competing broadcast towers that vie for the attention of a transistor radio. With its complex characterization and narrative of animal evolution, competition and reproduction, SEED is a beautiful and sinister stop-motion story about the struggle to survive.
Directed & Animated by Ben Richardson & Daniel Bird
Produced by Josh Hetzler
Story by Daniel Bird
Cinematography by Ben Richardson
Ben Richardson is best known for his work on the Oscar-nominated BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD, which garnered him Best Cinematography prizes at both the 2012 Sundance Film Festival, and the 2013 Independent Spirit Awards.
His subsequent feature project, DRINKING BUDDIES – directed by Joe Swanberg and starring Olivia Wilde, Jake Johnson, Anna Kendrick, and Ron Livingston – premiered at SXSW 2013, and will be released by Magnolia Pictures on July 25th on VOD, and August 23rd theatrically.
Ben recently wrapped photography on CUT BANK, directed by Matt Shakman and featuring a remarkable ensemble cast including John Malkovich, Liam Hemsworth, Teresa Palmer, Michael Stuhlbarg, Bruce Dern, and Billy Bob Thornton. His next project – for 20th Century Fox – is THE FAULT IN OUR STARS, based on John Green’s best-selling novel, which will star Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort, and be directed by Josh Boone.
Ben co-directed and shot SEED, which won Best Animation at Slamdance 2010, and his earlier short cinematography credits include the multi-award-winning GLORY AT SEA, and THE HUNTER AND THE SWAN DISCUSS THEIR MEETING, a Sundance 2011 official selection.
Originally from the UK, Ben lived for five years in Prague, and now resides in Brooklyn.
Daniel Bird is a writer, director, animator and editor whi lives and works in Prague, making short films and commercials.
He is represented for commercials worldwide by Savage.