Terror Train

A train passenger wakes to find an unlikely stranger sitting next to him, who may be even stranger than he appears. An animated short written, voiced, and animated by Andrew Hoffmann. Hoffmann recorded the background audio in and around SEPTA trains while commuting to his day job in Center City, Philadelphia. Terror Train premiered at the Philadelphia Independents Animation Screening on February 24, 2018 and is frequently shown on public access TV station, PhillyCAM. PhillyCAM aired the short every Sunday morning for nine months from 2020–2021. On April 1, 2022, Terror Train was shown at the First Take Shorts Series festival at The Ambler Theater in Ambler, Pennsylvania. More on Terror Train and Andrew Hoffmann at: http://andrewhoffmann.blogspot.com/.

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    Creating Fashion with Laurel
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  • Andrew Hoffmann
    Creating Fashion with Laurel
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    Key Cast
    "Passenger, Conductor, Clown"
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    1 minute 22 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    March 10, 2018
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    0 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
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    United States
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  • Philadelphia Independents Animation Screening
    The Plastic Club, Center City, Philadelphia
    United States
    February 18, 2018
    North American Premiere
    Official Selection
  • First Take Shorts Series
    Ambler Theater, Ambler, Pennsylvania
    United States
    April 14, 2022
    Official Selection
Director Biography - Andrew Hoffmann

Philadelphia-based artist Andrew Hoffmann is a video producer, editor, and animator, with twenty years of full-time experience in publishing. He's currently producing Creating Fashion with Laurel, an instructional sewing series that airs Wednesday mornings on Philadelphia public access channel, PhillyCAM.

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Director Statement

My father purchased a film camera in the early '80s. He made home movies for a while, then made a Star Wars parody that starred all the kids in the neighborhood. Watching him construct the film from idea to completion fascinated me, but the expense of filmmaking at the time was prohibitive. Instead, I focused my interest in storytelling on comics and cartooning. As a cartoonist, I'm not only the writer and illustrator, but the director, editor, set designer, and all of the actors. My comedic timing skills are evident in my work, which comes from years of experience writing comic strip jokes. Since the world went digital, I've switched from ink and paper to video.