The Wisdom of Pessimism – Short Animation

The Wisdom of Pessimism, a short animation directed by Claudio Salas for The School of Life.

Claudio Salas, a London based motion designer and directer has collaborated with lots of talented artists to produce this beautiful animation called “The Wisdom of Pessimism” for The School of Life. The result is an amazing mix of different animation techniques compressed to only 2 minutes and 30 seconds. Spoken by the great philosopher Alain de Botton, the film teaches you how to become a better pessimist. More information below.

The Wisdom of Pessimism.
The Wisdom of Pessimism.

Not only in today’s success-oriented society, pessimism is often equated with a frightened or even grumpy personality. But the truth is, pessimism prepares you for the worst, reduces expectations, and protects you from disappointment. Watch the video below and learn how to become a good pessimist.

To see more of Claudio Salas’ creative work, please have a look at his website. Some stills and full credits can be found below the video.

A little short film on pessimism.
A little short film on pessimism.
The glass is half empty.
The glass is half empty.
The dark side.
The dark side.
Pessimism prepares you for the worst.
Pessimism prepares you for the worst.

Any footage © by Claudio Salas and The School of Life.

SCRIPT: Alain de Botton

DIRECTOR: Claudio Salas

DESIGNERS: Stephen Kelleher, Emily Suvanvej, Bee Grandinetti, Brian Gossett, Tuna Bora, Ege Soyuer, Claudio Salas, Nicolo Bianchino, Marie-Margaux Tsakiri-Scanatovits, Joe Donaldson, Rasmus Bak, Kyle Strope, Daniel Chester, Daniel Oeffinger, Damien Correll, Yker Moreno, Gonzalo Menevichian, Jay Quercia, Chris Phillips, Mikey Please, Cesar Pelizer, Yuki Yamada, Johnny Kelly

SOUND DESIGN: David Kamp

STORYBOARDS & EDIT: Claudio Salas

2D ANIMATORS: Claudio Salas, Ege Soyuer, Nicolo Bianchino, Sander van Dijk, Bee Grandinetti, Joe Donaldson, Rasmus Bak, Nick Petley, Andreas Bjørn Hansen, Kyle Strope, Daniel Chester, Daniel Oeffinger, Justin Lawes, Gonzalo Menevichian, Jay Quercia, Chris Phillips

3D ANIMATORS: Claudio Salas, Ege Soyuer, Andreas Bjørn Hansen, Chris Phillips, Cesar Pelizer

CEL ANIMATORS: Claudio Salas, Ege Soyuer, Daniel Oeffinger, Olivia Blanc, Bee Grandinetti, Gonzalo Menevichian, Jay Quercia

COMPOSITORS: Claudio Salas, Ege Soyuer, Nick Petley, Andreas Bjørn Hansen, Yker Moreno, Jay Quercia, Chris Phillips, Cesar Pelizer

MODEL MAKERS: Emily Suvanvej, Mikey Please

STOP MOTION ANIMATORS: Claudio Salas, Mikey Please

Special thanks to Xoana Herrera, Esteban Esquivo, Gergely Wootsch, Philip Walker Davies

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