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This age-gap animation will break your heart

Freddy Arenas animation

This animation will break your heart and then put it back together again

We're huge fans of Freddy Arenas (opens in new tab) here at Creative Bloq, having featured him (opens in new tab) on many occassions. This beautiful animation he created for the New York Times (opens in new tab) focuses on modern relationships and the affect a big age gap can have.

"One thing I really enjoy and like to do with graphics is using rhetorical figures to create more abstract/poetic images, new relationships and meanings. It's a way of creating new content that would enrich the story by making it more visually interesting or add layers of complexity to the information," Arenas explains.

"I think my process is pretty standard I'll go through the script and analyze it, find the structure of the story and write down this metaphorical ideas to create a world that make sense through out the story. After that I like to storyboard out the whole story and create some illustrations that would help as a guide for the style of the piece. I then create an animatic against audio so I have a feeling of the rhythm of the piece and then move into animation."

Freddy Arenas animation

Freddy Arenas animation

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Sammy Maine was a founding member of the Creative Bloq team way back in the early 2010s, working as a Commissioning Editor. Her interests cover graphic design in music and film, illustration and animation. Since departing, Sammy has written for The Guardian, VICE, The Independent & Metro, and currently co-edits the quarterly music journal Gold Flake Paint.