Fred is a personal stop motion short. It got finished thanks to many friends, bank loans, and credit cards. I devoted spare time between jobs, moving the sets and puppets from one city to the next zig-zagging the west coast from LA to Seattle.

Comment by Anthony Scott on May 9, 2013 at 8:23am

Finally available online, Fred is an amazing film by my friend Misha Klein.  Brilliant performances.  Much admiration for this film!

Comment by Steve Boot on May 9, 2013 at 2:36pm
Fantastic character animation! love it.
Comment by Dieter Wagner on May 10, 2013 at 5:30am

WOW! This is awesome!  Great design along with great animation....very inspiring! 

Comment by Ben Whitehouse on May 10, 2013 at 8:51am

AHHH so good to finally see it! It has definitely been worth the wait! Well done, Misha!

Comment by Ben Whitehouse on May 10, 2013 at 8:53am

Also you can check out this old stopmotion magazine video which went behind the scenes http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vCcQQLOoJko

Comment by Josh O'Brien on May 10, 2013 at 9:20am

Great work Misha! Just unbelievably good. Ridiculous talent and craft in all departments. So inspiring

Comment by Oldschooler on June 5, 2013 at 2:42pm

This is, if not my absolute favorite, nah... It is my absolute favorite, stop motion short film. For all the obvious reasons, of course, I mean Fred's mannerisms are immaculate, his gestures supreme. But aside from that, it's the ultimate tribute to the under-appreciated state of the creative, insecure, performing artist, the struggle to survive and carry on. 

Kudos, my hat is off to you, Misha, with a twist and a flourish.

You're nuts!

Comment by StopmoNick on June 5, 2013 at 6:04pm

I'm awestruck.  And looking at the comments at Vimeo, this has been posted for 3 weeks?!  Three weeks of my life when I could have watched this over and over, if only I had known, 3 weeks without seeing this that I'll never get back (sob) ...

Great concept that would have worked even if the execution had been less sure-footed.  And great execution that, with less of a concept, would still have been a master class in character animation.   (I mean, this dude is an animator!  This is what we all aspire to.) The combination should put it into serious contention for major animation awards.

Great sets, too, full of texture and character with just the right amount of roughness and chunkiness to go with the character design.  And great use of fabric for Fred's face and hands.  

Above all, so inspiring to see this standard of work in an independent production working with limited means.  It's so good to see it doesn't have to be just the slick looking, big budget features that push the boundaries and set new standards.   

Comment by Oldschooler on June 6, 2013 at 10:51am

Yeah, Nick, what you said. And I agree, this thing to me, should have OSCAR written all over it. We gotta push this back up into an active status on the board and get everyone we can to take a look-see.

Comment by John Horabin on June 6, 2013 at 3:43pm

oh my god. another bar raise?? i am awestruck-  the camerawork alone is next level, never mind HIM- and the script is just exquisite. gotta get back to the drawing board AGAIN....thanks for flagging this for us, chaps...still cant quite believe it.

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