Don Hertzfeldt is an American writer, animator and independent filmmaker. He is the creator of many animated films, including World of Tomorrow (2015), It’s Such a Beautiful Day (2012), The Meaning of Life (2005) and the Academy Award-nominated Rejected (2000). His films have received over 200 awards and have been presented around the world. Seven of Hertzfeldt’s films have competed at the Sundance Film Festival, a festival record. He is also the only filmmaker to have won the Sundance Film Festival’s Grand Jury Prize for Short Film twice. Hertzfeldt primarily supports his work through self-distribution and has refused all advertising work. He lives in Austin, Texas, and was born on August 1, 1976.
The 8-bit representation I have selected for Don Hertzfeldt is the fluffy guy from his short Rejected (you know, the “My anus is bleeding!” character). I wouldn’t celebrate my 900th pixel art character of this project (and Hertzfeldt’s birthday) any other way. If you haven’t yet done so, you should definitely rent World of Tomorrow for $3.99 from Vimeo On Demand; it’s only 16 minutes long. I watched World of Tomorrow almost every day in April. It’s that good. Hertzfeldt also recently launched a Kickstarter campaign to release a limited edition collection of his works on Blu-ray, so you can pick that up too until August 15.