The Windmill Farmer: animated short by Joaquin Baldwin

Animator and filmmaker Joaquin Baldwin, whose work I've featured before on Boing Boing Video, has a lovely new short up: the tale of a farmer in danger of losing his crop of windmills when he struggles against the cyclical forces of nature. Joaquin created this at the UCLA Animation Workshop, with music by Nick Fevola. He explains,

This film was inspired while driving back from a trip to Palm Springs, when my partner said that it must take them forever to plant and grow so many windmills. I wrote down the title The Windmill Farmer for an idea to explore later, and about a year later I started developing it into a character and story. This film took 4 months to complete from the first boards until the final mix.
The Windmill Farmer (YouTube)

Watch more films by Joaquin Baldwin here.

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  1. I love the video and hope you post more quality animations like this one.

    Not really sure what to make of boremeunchini • #2’s comments.

  2. My writing is full of windmills (the old kind, not the new kind), so I loved the silhouette. A simple, beautiful structure that gives water: what could be more pleasing?

  3. My writing is full of windmills (the old kind, not the new kind), so I loved the silhouette. A simple, beautiful structure that gives water: what could be more pleasing?

  4. So apparently windmills can take root from fragments even in the dead of winter, but then fly apart during windstorms? Anyone feel like explaining to Farmer Quixote there that he’s raising tumbleweeds?

  5. Cute, but I’m afraid it sends the wrong message. Namely that: if you’re really depressed, and stay in bed long enough, all your problems will magically go away.
    Maybe it could have been better if the farmer prayed before retreating to his depression induced hibernation.

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