Kirsten Lepore is an American animator and director who is currently based in LA. She is also an alumna of CalArts who, according to her website, has made films that have taken top prizes at SXSW, Slamdance, and many other international festivals. Her clientele includes big names including but not limited to Google, MTV, Facebook, Toyota, and more. Her projects and awards have led to her being covered in various publications and getting the opportunity to give talks in places ranging from Pixar to Portugal. One accomplishment of hers that really struck me as impressive and made me even more excited to view her work (side note: I always do my background research on artists before observing their work — I like getting a feel for who they are and what they’re like first. It helps me understand and observe their work better) was that she was named one of the 50 most creative people by Creativity Magazine.
For the sake of being completely transparent, I have to admit that after watching a view of her animations I was left with really mixed reactions. As someone studying and learning about digital art, everything she did impressed me. I cannot even begin to fully imagine the amount of time, attention to detail, and more that goes into her work. However, as an individual viewing it and stepping back from my academic perspective, I have to admit that some of her work resonated with me more than some of her other videos did.
For example, I really enjoyed watching her Skippy the Stunt Nut series. It was humorous, eye catching, short and to the point, and overall I thought it was really excellent marketing. Transitioning to her Guess Who animation, while it disturbed me to some extent (in part because I just hadn’t known what to expect), I appreciated her use of something so normal and recognizable, and the creative twist she put on it. To me that was really entertaining and well thought. Finally, the last piece I want to bring up is her ‘Hi Stranger’ animation. A video that has garnered upwards of 200 million views online, I found it to be horrifyingly amusing. Something I couldn’t tear my eyes away from due to the sheer uniqueness of it, there’s no denying Lepore’s creativity and ability to think outside of the box. With that in mind, for my personal tastes it was a bit too far outside of the box to be something I would want to seek out or watch more than once.
Overall, while I was not the biggest fan of all of her work, I really appreciated taking the time to look through Lepore’s various animations. To start, there were some that I really liked. Also her talent, creativity, and dedication was really impressive to me. Even with her videos that I didn’t like as much, the talent and time put into them left me speechless and wowed.