The premise of the animated short film Le Gouffre is simple: two friends need to get across a broad chasm, so they start to build a bridge from one end to the other. But over the course of ten minutes, we're treated to a beautiful, wordless drama about friendship, filled with plenty of tense action.

After a successful Kickstarter campaign, animators Carl Beauchemin, Thomas Chrétien, and David Forest finished their work on Le Gouffre, showing off their storytelling skills and their painterly CG style:

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They've also post a behind-the-scenes video highlighting the short's journey from concept to funding to final animation:

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If you want to support these filmmakers so they can make more films like this, you can head over to their support page.

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