Eoin Duffy’s latest design-driven animated short, Ritual, was created for a Loop de Loop theme challenge of the same name. Duffy explains, “If you happen to be an Amazonian dynasty beheading your subjects in hope of a better harvest, this film is here to affirm that belief.”
For those who have seen Duffy’s previous works, like the George Takei-narrated “The Missing Scarf”, which was shortlisted for an Oscar in 2014, it comes as no surprise that the rhythmic Ritual plays its cartoony visuals against a graver theme, all with a dose of humour. “I’m a pretty positive lad, so perhaps my work is the only avenue available for my darker thoughts,” Duffy said. “Also, life is easier if you can laugh at the dark shit.”
Originally from Ireland and now based in Vancouver, Duffy turned to animation in 2012 after working at agencies around the world as a print and web designer. “I loved it!” he said about his experience in design. “Being a self-taught independent animator with a background in visual communication definitely gave me a different approach to storytelling, and of course visuals.”
His next project, a video game called Boxy the Box, promises to combine his animation chops with his experience in interactive design. Until then, you can watch more of Duffy’s animated shorts below.