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This marvelous student film is as polished as a feature cartoon

Iker Maidagan and Dana Terrace created Mirage as their School of Visual Arts thesis film, but it could easily be mistaken for a studio-produced short. A young Inuit boy and his dog go fishing and stumble on an unexpected bit of magic.

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Maidagan came up with the concept for Mirage and created the layouts, and Terrace designed and animated the actual characters. The film itself is a delight, filled with expressive characters and a magical event whose rules are explained without words. It's a true accomplishment in its length and quality, and hopefully we'll be seeing much, much more from these two in the future.

[via Cartoon Brew]

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I've seen worse animated theses, but I've also seen much better. It would have been a little bit more impressive if there had only been one of them and they hadn't had such a huge ass crew. There's an FX guy, a second animator, two CG specialists (in a 2D film!) I have a particular disdain for seniors who get freshmen to do their coloring for them, which looks to be the case here. You're gonna make a long film? Do your own fucking coloring. The last thing anyone needs is a swarm of freshmen hogging all the machines at the end of the quarter because you have poor time management skills.