Experiencing Interruptions?

Camping à la Bergman

A man marooned in his subconscious, or is it a childhood memory? Maybe a dream, or a piece of undigested herring? Can a bear resist his basest of instincts? What’s camping with Ingmar Bergman like? Does this existential stop-motion experiment answer any of this?

  • Michael "Ffish" Hemschoot
    The Matrix (Character Animator), Master and Commander (Lead Animator), Sky High (Lead Animator)
  • Sean JS Jourdan
    Teddy Boy, The Beekeeper
  • Feni Hangman
  • Jason Cangialosi
  • Abilgail Grande-Hemschoot
  • Joel Stenow
    Key Cast
  • Jamey Jorgensen
  • Barry Kooser
    Art Director
    The Lion King, Pocahontas, Mulan, Lilo & Stitch, Brother Bear
  • Asche Helling
    Character Designer
  • Matt Baxter
    Digital Compositor
  • Bryce Kaufman
    Mouth Animation TD
  • Jason Cangialosi
    Original Score
  • Michael "Ffish" Hemschoot
  • Project Type:
    Animation, Short
  • Genres:
    Black and White, Animation, Foreign, Psychological, Existential, Humor, Stop Motion Animation
  • Runtime:
    2 minutes 38 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    January 6, 2017
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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  • Film Color:
    Black & White
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Director Biography - Michael "Ffish" Hemschoot

A graduate of the renowned, California Institute of the Arts Character Animation program, Michael “Ffish” Hemschoot is a 20+ year veteran of the Animation and VFX industry. His work has been seen in many Hollywood films of the past two decades, including two recipients of the Academy Award for Visual Effects Achievement. He founded Worker Studio in 2009, and serves as CEO and Animation Director.

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Director Statement

“With the original animation, the backgrounds and character designs were already rooted in this gritty naturalism - in the setting established by Barry Kooser's painting, the choice of an "action-figure" aesthetic versus cartoon, and especially the tactile reality of creating stop-motion. Much like the characters of Bergman’s universe, who were rooted and soiled by reality, but in his hands lost in the mystery of existential wonder. With this experiment, we tried to do more than parody, and instead reflect the inspiration of how we would see Bergman take the raw materials of setting and characters - then transcend it through cinema. What we found on the other side of this reimagining process was the true essence we "unintended" it to be in the first place. That, and a whole new creative mission for our studio.”