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Dann Parry

MA work

Birds of a Feather

'Birds of a Feather' - A Stop Motion Short on Sexuality

Birds of a Feather is an animated short film that follows a man and his struggle with his identity, projected anxieties and relationships over the course of an evening.He has to contend with his insecurities with being seen with another man and his fear as feathers start to grow from his body.

The film will look at the wories and upset a person can face from both internalised and externalised homophobia. Ultimately, it will draw on current events, such as the attack in Orlando, and explore how even now the LGBT community can find itself under attack and where that fear and hatred can come from.


  • MA Degree


    School of Communication


    MA Animation, 2017

  • Stop-Motion Director and Part-Time Recluse who Sometimes Draws

    I move things that can't move, draw things that don't exist and write things that can't happen

    Born twenty-something years ago in a tiny village that could easily be mistaken for a squished fruit fly on a map, I moved to Farnham, Surrey to study BA Animation at the University for the Creative Arts. 

    It was there in my attic that I found an oil painting of myself. “Perhaps I should nail my soul to the Devil's altar,” I murmured and in a flash, my soul escaped my body and hurtled towards the painting. Unfortunately, my soul ended up missing and hitting a near-by armature. And from then on I was transformed into a stop-motion animator. I was awarded a First Class Honours for my troubles. 

    After skulking in the shadows of the Animation studios at the Royal College of Art in search of a Masters I have now escaped victorious with the other two thirds of my collective, Tripstitch and have been released into the mortal realm, a phrase here meaning 'South London'.

  • Degrees

  • BA (Hons) Animation, University of the Creative Arts, 2012: First Class Honours
  • Experience

  • Fair Trials Charity, Co-Director for Short Animation, 'Without Fair Trials', London, 2016
  • Exhibitions

  • Short Sighted Cinema: With or Without You, London, 2015; Guildford Fringe Festival: Fresh from Farnham, Guildford, 2015; Puppet Place Festival: New Visions, Bristol, 2015; Post Mortem: International Horror & Bizarre Short Film Festival, Aguascalientes in Mexico, 2015; Dorking Film Festival: Adult Short Films, Dorking, 2015; Sunday Shorts, London, 2016; Drunken Film Festival, Bradford, 2016; Aesthetica Short Film Festival, York, 2016
  • Awards

  • Best Student Animation Nominee, Royal Television Society: Southern Central, 2016; Semi-Finalist in the Elche International Independent Film Festival, Spain in Animation, 2016; Best Student Film: Nominee; Shortpole IFF, London, 2016; Best Animation: Nominee; Shortpole IFF, London, 2016