Kyle V. James graduated from MIAD in 2015 with a BFA in Time-Based Media. After being on exhibit at the Museum of Wisconsin Art, Kyle's senior film, The Death Drive, played internationally and was awarded “Best Short Film” in several film festivals. His most recent film, The Alligator Hunter, is currently traveling internationally to film festivals. Kyle now works as a director at Moonflower Productions and an instructor at MIAD. In both 2015 and 2016, Kyle received the Brico Forward Fund grant for an animated feature film he is directing called RAWSPACE.
The Alligator Hunter is a 3-minute animated fable about a man who spirals into madness after his wife is killed in an alligator attack. He vows revenge on the massive creature, but must try to maintain his sanity in the process.
Kyle V. James, Mallori Taylor, and Michael Bourne tasked themselves to tell a story in a way that they had never seen before. Their deeply-rooted respect for 2D animation combined with their desire to experiment landed them on a painted aesthetic that uses live-action footage as reference. Nearly 3,000 hand-drawn images and several years later, The Alligator Hunter was completed.