The meaning of life – Don Hertzfeldt
The Meaning of Life is a 35mm animated short film, written and directed by Don Hertzfeldt in 2005. The twelve minute film is the end result of almost four years of production and tens of thousands of drawings, single-handedly animated and photographed by Hertzfeldt.
Like all of Hertzfeldt’s films, The Meaning of Life was photographed entirely in-camera, without the use of computers, post-production compositing, or digital tools. The special effects were created via multiple exposures, optical light effects, and trick photography. Though working with an antique camera, Hertzfeldt often had to invent new techniques to capture his visuals.