Nick Cross (2020)

CONTENT WARNING: Contains flashing imagery, cartoon violence, and sexuality.

The Clockwork Elves could be a pyschotropic exploration of spirituality and death, or it could be a tale of a little goofball hopped up on goofballs. Either way, it’s a cartoon.

Directed and animated by Nick Cross

Music composed by Mike Fraumeni [ASCAP] and Sarah Whittaker-Gilbert [ASCAP]

Published by NSLE Music [ASCAP]

Music courtesy of Elias Music

This film was made single-handedly by Nick Cross over the span of about 7 years. Animated in Toon Boom Animate Pro with post work done in Adobe After Effects. Backgrounds painted in Adobe Photoshop.

Nick Cross (2012)

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WTF did you just watch? Perihelion is a sort of animated tone poem. It is a short film that toes the line between narrative and non-narrative, essentially having no real beginning, middle, or end.

Visually, I was heavily inspired by the work of a number of German painters from the early 20th century. Notably: Otto Dix, Richard Oelze, Ingrid Griebel-Zietlow, Rudolf Schlichter, and Max Ernst, as well as Francisco Goya. This is sort of a tribute to the work of these artists living in a time of Fascism and impending war, which really informed their work in a distinct way.

Nick Cross

Story, art, and animation by Nick Cross (

Audio samples courtesy of

Special thanks to alphadog, szuhogyisziszi, Sampleconstuct, Timbre, martian

Animated with a Cintiq 20 WSZ using Toonboom Animate

Backgrounds painted in Adobe Photoshop

Compositing and effects were done in Adobe After Effects

Editing was done in Final Cut Pro

Completed March 23, 2012