How do you go on living when everything is taken from you in the blink of an eye?

A true story of a young artist who confronts his inner demons while apprenticing with a northwest totem carver after the death of his beloved.

The HBO Max X WBD Access Animated Shorts Program provides underrepresented creators who have not had the opportunity to create an original work for a network or streamer, with access to Warner Bros. Discovery’s powerful suite of creative talent and resources.

Program participants are being provided with a production budget, resources, a dedicated WarnerMedia executive mentor to help them develop and execute their original 1-5 minute animated short film. All projects are overseen by Executive Producer, Amanda Miller, who is guiding them through the production process, from start to finish. They’ll also be exposed to the business of animation, as well as to various career pathways into the industry through a series of master classes and workshops. Come meet our cohort, mentors and producer! We’ll be sharing more details on their projects and progress in the weeks and months to come!

For more information, visit the WarnerAccess Animated Shorts website

Warner Bros. Discovery Access Programs video teaser:

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Tank Standing Buffalo

Since he first held a pencil, Tank has never put it down, using art as a way to understand himself and his place in the world. Tank’s interests have led to the creation of haunted house attractions, tiki mugs, tattoos, painted motorcycle tanks, wood carvings, freakshow attractions, horror movie FX, record covers, gig posters, band merch, zombie portraits, and most recently, animation.


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Xstine Cook

Xstine is a writer, director, and multi-disciplinary artist. She trained at Dell’Arte International, and studied mask making with masters on the west coast of Canada, in Bali and Europe. She founded a successful physical theatre company before starting a puppet festical, and is a recipient of the 2022 Calgary Award for Arts.