Animation Station: the niche philosophical films of Vewn

Sara Nigohosyan takes a look at the work of underground animator Vewn.

Sara Nigohosyan
9th October 2019
It’s safe to say that diving into the existential experience that are the animations of Veronica Vincent’s, who creates under the nickname Vewn, can be quite absorbing.

Her first short film, Pizza movie, puts the start to her niche series of thought provoking shorts. Within just a minute, and yes, her short films are short, she manages to create a character that the audience can relate to and understand. This character, Jess, is being interviewed in front of a camera about her “fulfilling” job making pizzas. 

Her interview takes an eerie turn when she casually shows that she understands that none of what she does matters, but she does it anyways, even making it the central focus of her life. 

Her animation itself has the jittery hand-drawn style look, adding to the nonchalant feel the character seems to radiate. The film itself looks and feels quite empty, having no more than three different colors at a time, the background being predominantly black and white. There is also no soundtrack present, which is underlined by the long silences and the white noise in the back that creates the impression that it is the artist’s style and present for a more authentic “experience.”

The wide variety of shots and angles are impressive for the minute and twenty seconds length of the film. The clear establishing long shot in the beginning, the over-the-shoulders, the pans, and the pedestals all during the monologue of the character keep the viewer’s eyes glued to the screen. 

When the short film is over, the viewers are left with a strange desire for more, which could be the reason Vincent’s animations are featured on programs like Adult Swim. Her work is truly thought provoking, and, fortunately, anyone interested can find her films on YouTube and explore her niche existential shorts.

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