Tiny Inventions is the Brooklyn-based directing team of Max Porter and Ru Kuwahata, and I’m in love with their latest project: a 10-minute animated dark comedy called Something Left, Something Taken about a vacationing couple’s encounter with a man they believe to be a serial killer. The film also features their own voices!

Something Left, Something Taken

Something Left, Something Taken

While the film is great, I really appreciated the highly detailed posts about their process. From character design (they purposely made “uglier” characters!), to how they filmed the decomposition stage (watch the whole show to find out more!), they shared their experience with fans and students generously. Max and Ru combine handcrafted art, photography, and digital techniques into their animations; and adds their own humor into the mix. The result? Beautiful, one-of-a-kind handmade films that I wouldn’t mind watching over and over again.

See more of the duo’s work over at Tiny Inventions!

{Thanks to Gina for pointing out their work!}


  1. Wow, I love this animation so so so much x 100 ! They should develop a film with these 2 characters, I would watch it :D

  2. Gina Hief says:

    This is definitely one of the most original animations I have seen in a long time. I am happy you liked their work and blogged about it today. YAY!

  3. Jutta says:

    I am absolutely completely totally in love!

  4. Crystal says:

    Yay Ru & Max! I graduated with Ru from the Illustration Department at Parsons. She’s so talented!! I love this movie.

  5. gaia says:

    Wow this is amazing! Makes me miss animation…Thanks for the link and info!

  6. Angel says:

    this is really nice!!! this inspires me! keep it up people!

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