"Making Splashes and Drops of Water"
Prepare yourself to enter the zany world of the incredibly talented Shane Beam. Originally from Fairfax, Virginia, this young illustrator is currently a full-time animation student at DePaul University's School of Cinematic Arts in Chicago. Wielding his tablet like a sword, Beam's animations cut through his "unexpected senses of crippling anxiety and self doubt . . . to bring about unexpected moments of connectedness."
Weather permitting, Beam likes to kayak every morning. His connection to water makes its way into many of his pieces.
Beam has numerous animation videos up on Vimeo, including "Fenwick Island," which is featured above. (Fair warning, "Fenwick Island" will make you want to grow a mystical garden where puddle jumping is a requirement.)
This interviewer always likes to ask artists whether or not they believe in ghosts. Shane's answer: "I see dead people. Does that count?"
He recently won Best Experimental Film at DePaul's Premiere Film Festival this last June for an animation entitled "OCCU/PATION." The film "explores the idea that we occupy our bodies and they belong to us, but they also don't sometimes."
"Close Your Eyes. Make A Wish. Count to Three." And enter the world of Shane Beam by following him on Instagram.