Hothouse 8: March 05 - May 25, 2012

David Barlow-Krelina

Watch The Visitor

A small boy is left alone to play in a large and empty house. A dark cloud starts to seep in from behind the mail slot at the front door. As it fills the space, a monster forms. The boy runs away, but the creature is always near.  The chase will not end until the boy discovers the source of his fears.

The film uses a combination of 2D hand-drawn animation, 3D backgrounds and particle effects.

This is David’s professional debut and was made for Hothouse 8, the NFB’s program for emerging filmmakers, whose central theme was “Sheep Dreams”.

David Barlow-Krelina’s ongoing interest in drawing led him to Flash animation when he was in high school. He enrolled in the Computation Arts and Film Animation programs at Concordia University in Montreal, where he combined studies in traditional animation with computer science. He worked as Graphics Editor at The Link newspaper and directed short films which have screened at a number of animation festivals such as Annecy and Stuttgart. David has an appreciation for a variety of art forms, and hopes to continue to combine multiple disciplines to create engaging visual stories.

Watch and own Hothouse Films


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  • Hothouse 3
  • Hothouse 2
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