Carnival Knowledge

A hand-drawn recount of our 2019 after-work trip to the traveling carnival.

  • Alec Brown
    Director & Animator
    Meow Wolf: Origin Story (Motion Graphics & Effects, Additional Editor)
  • Pleasure Corporation
    Music & Sound Design
    Meow Wolf's House of Eternal Return
  • Project Type:
    Animation, Experimental, Short
  • Runtime:
    2 minutes 3 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    April 20, 2020
  • Production Budget:
    20 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Film Color:
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • 34th Edmonton International Film Festival
    Edmonton, Alberta
    October 1, 2020
    World Premiere
    Official Selection
  • 2021 Albuquerque Film & Music Experience
    United States
    September 23, 2021
    Southwestern US (New Mexico) Premiere
    Finalist- Best Animation
  • 2021 Sidewalk Film Festival
    Birmingham, AL
    United States
    August 29, 2021
    US Premiere
  • 2021 Threadbare Mitten Film Festival
    Lansing, MI
    United States
    Michigan Premiere
Director Biography

Alec was born in Austin in 1994, his childhood interests including making old camcorder films, drawing, and building Rube Goldberg machines. This culminated to studying film editing in Santa Fe, NM under the inaugural Robert Redford Milagro Initiative Scholarship. He's since thrived as an editor and animator. His preferred type of animation is rotoscoping to achieve a retro-neon hyperrealistic effect, usually using a smartphone to capture facets of life which he then animates over. For Alec, editing and rotoscoping is not just a career, it's a form of meditation and self-reflection. (and making himself laugh)

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Director Statement

On Thursday, April 25th, 2019, the traveling carnival came to Santa Fe, NM. Upon arriving, I got the idea to film my friends and I and rotoscope them without the rides or apparatuses. For a year, I've been animating on 2's by hand to immortalize this memory, and hope to be on a rickety traveling rollercoaster with my friends again very soon.