Animated Short Film
An augmented reality film
about insects and their
significance in planetary
and human health

Insects & Us

Client | Animate Projects

Insects & Us is an augmented reality story about the importance of insects to planetary health and our own well being. Kris Hofmann’s documentary invites us to explore an animated environment to engage with the interwoven stories of its inhabitants.

Insects serve as food for other animals, pollinate our crops, act as natural pest control agents and play a crucial part in turning dead organic matter into fertile soil. The numbers and diversity of insects have been in sharp decline over the last few decades. If the trend continues it will dramatically affect human welfare. Viewers are invited to explore the microcosm of insects — watch crickets, dragonflies, butterflies, beetles, and ants make their simple, yet vital contributions to a functioning ecosystem — whilst listening to four scientists (Dr. Anne Sverdrup-Thygeson, PhD, Dr. Jessica Ware, PhD, Dr. Andreas Segerer and Peter Smithers) talk about why they matter and what can be done to help. Fonic recorded the voice remotely.

The project was funded by the AWS Austrian Wirtschaftsservice and the FFF FilmFernsehFonds Bayern.

Kris Hofmann is a creative director for Augmented Reality experiences and animation with over 15 years of experience.

Services
  • Voice recording & editing

Insects & Us is an augmented reality story about the importance of insects to planetary health and our own well being. Kris Hofmann’s documentary invites us to explore an animated environment to engage with the interwoven stories of its inhabitants.

Insects serve as food for other animals, pollinate our crops, act as natural pest control agents and play a crucial part in turning dead organic matter into fertile soil. The numbers and diversity of insects have been in sharp decline over the last few decades. If the trend continues it will dramatically affect human welfare. Viewers are invited to explore the microcosm of insects — watch crickets, dragonflies, butterflies, beetles, and ants make their simple, yet vital contributions to a functioning ecosystem — whilst listening to four scientists (Dr. Anne Sverdrup-Thygeson, PhD, Dr. Jessica Ware, PhD, Dr. Andreas Segerer and Peter Smithers) talk about why they matter and what can be done to help. Fonic recorded the voice remotely.

The project was funded by the AWS Austrian Wirtschaftsservice and the FFF FilmFernsehFonds Bayern.

Kris Hofmann is a creative director for Augmented Reality experiences and animation with over 15 years of experience.