Ben Panfil

About Me

I am a senior animation student from Traer, Iowa. Looking back at my four years in the Interactive Media Department I have grown so much as a professional, an artist, and a person. When I came into college I had no experience with any of the software I use now and I never even took an art class in high school. Now I am ready to graduate and have already completed several projects that I'm proud of, for classes and for clients. Last summer I animated an entire music video, which taught me what skills were needed for taking on such a large project. Those lessons turned out to be crucial to the development of my senior film, DEMIURGE. I spent all year working on both the animation and the music for this project, and while I am sad that Fuse 2020 was cancelled, I am still very happy with how my film turned out! It will be shown at Fuse 2021, but for now you can watch it online! After graduation I will continue blending my skills for animation and love of music together into a passionate and fulfilling career!

Featured Projects


DEMIURGE

DEMIURGE

This is my senior film. I spent all of my senior year working on it and put over 650 hours into the project. I wanted to combine 2D and 3D animation and tell a unique story, and I also composed the music! It is about The Creator, a godlike being that creates life on a planet he oversees. The forces of divine intervention and evolution clash as his creation resists his overbearing control. You can watch it on my YouTube channel, Vimeo page, or Portfolio site!

Unreleased Music Video

Unreleased Music Video

I animated this music video during the summer of 2019 for a band called Ships Have Sailed. It is still unreleased at this time but hopefully by late May it will be available!

Corridor of Chameleons

Corridor of Chameleons

I made this endless loop of Chameleons last spring. Why do you think they're behind bars?