Short of the Week

For the Remainder

The lonely world of a cat is told through a minimalist world constructed from 3D brushstrokes in this graduation film from the Bezalel Academy of Art & Design.

Yes, this is a cat video—but not the cute kind you find on YouTube. For the Remainder is another graduation film from the ever-impressive Bezalel Academy of Art & Design. In the film, we follow a faceless cat as it lives out a lonely day in the trappings of a quiet house.

The ending is quite telling (without giving too much away) because, as little as I know about cats, I know they must detest the rain. It’s a reminder that bravery isn’t something that most of us will earn on a battlefield, but rather in the quiet moments of our inner emotions.

It’s a minimalist film with no dialogue and only sparse moments of music and sound. But most striking is the visual execution—a fully realized 3D world defined by just a few brush strokes. The main character is rendered without a face, so we’re left to paint in our own. Where we humans rely mostly on facial expressions to read emotions, many animals communicate to each other through body movement. So in a way, the minimalist rendering allows us to watch the story unfold from the perspective of another animal as we read the cat’s emotions through it’s posture and breathing.

Andrew makes no attempt to hide his love for the magic art of animation. He appreciates compelling visuals but never forgets that in this modern age, a strong story always reigns supreme. You can see his work at or his latest film The Thomas Beale Cipher.
  • Omer

    Thanks for sharing my film Andrew, and a beautiful review!

  • Andrew S Allen

    My pleasure. What are your plans post-grad?

  • Omer

    woo… So many thinks I want to do… Basically develop a career in Cinema and Animation- shorts, features, whatnot.. :)

  • Adrian Marroquin

    Awesome!! so inspiring. Maybe a making of it’s coming soon :P   Keep on the good work!

  • Darius Barati

    Absolutely beautiful piece on a variety of levels.  Great work!

  • Felice Willat

    Brilliant! So powerful in creativity, perspective, gestures of strokes, music and sound.
    I will share this on Facebook and with others! Good Luck with your career.