Don't Feed the Birds

“Don't Feed the Birds” is a short about a man who peels a gnarly blister on his foot before tossing it into a bush. The resident birds eat it, develop a taste for human flesh, set their sites on their target, and ruthlessly stop at nothing to get more where that came from.

  • Maddie Gudat
  • Maddie Gudat
  • Maddie Gudat
  • Maddie Gudat
  • Tristan Patino
  • Prof. Christine Banna and our Sophomore Seminar Class
  • Marley Steen
  • Project Type:
    Animation, Short, Student
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    1 minute 50 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    April 28, 2019
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
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Director Biography - Maddie Gudat

Maddie Gudat is a animation student at Lesley University in Cambridge, MA. She is interested in hand drawn animation among other media, and is always looking to experiment with bold color, character design, and tone in her films. She strives to bring every animation to it's full potential, each with it's own aesthetic.

Born in Temecula, CA, Gudat grew up with a keen interest in art and drawing, as well as animated TV shows and movies. When she discovered that going to school to learn animation was possible, she set her sights on creating engaging cartoons. She hopes to keep experimenting with animation in her years to come at Lesley.

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Director Statement

Created as my sophomore film at Lesley University, “Don't Feed the Birds” is an independently made film that came from of a random burst of inspiration. I enjoy differentiating the content and moods of my animated films, but animals, are often a common subject in my animations. Their behaviors and movements make them fun to bring to life, and I like the idea of either giving these subjects a unique human-like personality, or taking away their individuality altogether. In this film, the birds very much act as one collective mind. It's a spectrum that is interesting to play around with, one that can drastically change the direction of the film. Don't Feed the Birds was particularly enjoyable to create as I experimented with mood, color, and the relationship between a human protagonist and animal antagonists.