CountdownCopyright © 2010, Stephen Studyvin


Countdown is a short animated film about a kid with an exaggerated imagination who is constantly challenged by his fiendish teacher who thwarts the kid's intergalactic excursions.

As the story for countdown took shape, the influences on the style and tone of the animation formed. Since the 1950s was an era of discovery, both in society and in science, this was reflected in art, comics, and film. The Space Race just started, where both the United States and the Soviet Union sought to launch objects, and people, into space. Scientific exploration led to the creation of futuristic designs. Films from the 1950s, especially sci-fi films, were major influences for Countdown. The Kid’s imagination in Countdown is a reflection of this era. Many of the animation influences were from the 1950s as well, including Gerald McBoing Boing (1951), Looney Tunes (notably the Road-Runner cartoons), Toot Whistle Plunk and Boom (1953), and The Tell-Tale Heart (1953).

Stephen Studyvin
Run Time
3min 34sec
HD 720p, HD 1080p