Trap Shortfilm
Healing old wounds

Healing old wounds

A Waxeye case study

We do what we do at the end of the day because we love creativity, which extends to personal projects like Trap – our first long-form animation. A labour of love that took six years to complete, this 12-minute short film follows the trial adoption of 7-year-old Christine, who finds herself struggling to adapt to her new home. The couple that adopted her also faces difficulties beyond a child’s ability to comprehend. All three are trapped.


3D production

Digital animation


Trap Shortfilm

Art imitates life

Christine finds solace in the creepy-crawly world under the rocks. The insect ecosphere reflects Christine’s fractured reality and helps her find a way to set everyone free.

Trap Shortfilm
Trap Shortfilm

Critical acclaim

Screened at more than 130 film festivals, Trap won “Best Animation” at a number of festivals, from Germany to Mexico. It also won “Best International Animation” at the New York State International Film Festival, “Best Design” at the Khem Animation Film Festival in the USA, and “Best Director” at the New York Animation Film Awards.

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Art world inspiration

The distinct aesthetic was inspired by the paintings of local New Zealand artists Michael Smithers and Rita Angus. The stylization of character and symbolism within their work resonated with Trap’s experimental ‘docu-drama’ approach to storytelling.

Trap Shortfilm
Trap Shortfilm
Trap Shortfilm

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