An Eerie Animation & Digital Media Advice from Swedish Animator Rickard Bengtsson

Based out of Sweden, 20-year-old animator and illustrator Rickard Bengtsson developed this eerie monochromatic animation set to a mysterious track by composer Ludovico Einaudi dubbed “I’m not quite sure what it was.”

We talked with Bengtsson about his experience as a young post production professional and how he stays inspired.

“Having the right music while working can help you immensely in getting ideas and staying inspired,” says Bengtsson, who also cites Vimeo as a great resource for discovering new cinematography, animation and video ideas. “Watching other people’s work and trying to figure out how they created something really gets the creative juices flowing for me.”

Bengtsson developed the animation below using flash and After Effects as a personal project outside to his job at Adme, a video and animation production company that works with clients like IKEA, and tackles everything from commercials, to promotional videos, animations and music videos.

The organic illustrative quality of “I’m not quite sure what it was” that caught our attention reflects Bengtsson’s passion for drawing.

“I’ve been drawing my whole life … I’d always carry around a sketchbook and whip it out with some new ideas,” he says.

Bengtsson shares his advice with aspiring filmmakers to stay observant.

“If you’re going to animate a character walking, you need to understand how the human body works – which joints bend where and how everything moves together,” he says. “And of course practice, practice, practice. And create, create, create!”

Browse more animations and short films by Bengtsson here, and Adme here.

Illustrated animation video by Rickard Bengtsson

Illustrated animation video by Rickard Bengtsson

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Author: Mani O'Brien

Mani O’Brien is the Online Editor for the FIDMDigitalArts Blog and the Social Media Marketing Manager for FIDM/Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising. She earned her bachelor of arts degree in print journalism from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism & Mass Communications at Arizona State University in 2006, and Associate of Arts degree in Graphic Design (Professional Designation) at FIDM in 2010. When she’s not brainstorming social media marketing ideas or writing about the graphic design and digital media, she enjoys practicing yoga, reading magazines, and hanging out with friends and family in Los Angeles.

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