The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (The Oscars) has given Johnny Coffeen one of this year’s Academy Awards for Student Directed Films for his work on “The Swan Girl.” The 15 minute short is an experimental live action/stop-motion production in the “Alternative” category, and was one of 17 films worldwide to be receive the Award in 2016. This was Coffeen’s MFA film at the David Lynch Film School. In addition to Directing and Editing the film, Coffeen also co-wrote the Screenplay with artist John Frame. Frame is credited for Production Design, Animation, Score and Acting in the film.
NOTE from John: I am not currently providing a link to the Swan Girl pending a new edit of the material into my preferred final cut. I hope to complete this in the near future, but for now, here is the Original Trailer:
Production Still from the Swan Girl