How do you teach a child to wait for several hours before having a piece of a cake that they really love? Waiting can be a challenge for many children. Time itself is an abstract concept. When waiting, time can seem to drag. When enjoying an activity or in a flow state, time passes without notice. We live in a society where people want things yesterday, where with technology, we can literally wish for something, order it and have it in our hands within hours without ever leaving our house. It can be easy to forget that we need to teach kids the art of waiting. The idea behind this short movie is to remind everybody to teach kids the art of waiting, but it's also proof that often good and funny stories come from events and interactions that are happening right in front of us all the time.

  • Natalia Telman
  • Sergey Merinov
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    47 seconds
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    March 17, 2023
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    Yes - Merinov Animation School
Director Biography - Natalia Telman

Born in Cheboksary (Chuvash Republic, Russia) and living in Helsinki (Finland) since 2015.
1999 - 2002: Diploma in Fine Art and Drawing, Design and Applied Arts from the Pedagogical college of Cheboksary
2002 - 2004: partially completed the Master's degree in Arts at the I. N. Ulianov Chuvash State University of Cheboksary
2021 - 2023: 2D animation course at @merinovschool
Work experience:
2005 - 2011: Graphic designer for advertising agencies - Cheboksary (Russia)
2011 - 2015: Graphic designer and illustrator for magazines - Saint Petersburg (Russia)
2017-2023: Freelancer Graphic designer, 2D Animator, teacher of watercolor classes.
Skills: 2D animations, character design, storyboarding, illustrations, logo design, paintings, sketching.

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Hello, my name is Natalia Telman and I live in Finland.
“Cake” is my first cartoon. It's one of the assignments I completed for the Character Animation course I took at the @merinovschool.
I have always had a big passion for hand drawing, and I chose the 2D frame-by-frame animation technique for my cartoon as it's not only commonly used for cartoons and animated movies, but it has also a fascinating history as it existed since the 1800s.