Gruber first studied as a youth at the Northwest Film and Video center
in Portland Oregon. It was there that a love affair with flipbooks began.
He was happy with the result of seeing his miniature drawings blown up
large enough that people wouldn't have to squint to see them.
Stefan has recently received his bachelors degree at the California
Institute of the Arts, and has moved to his native Seattle to begin
an animation resource center. Here's some info about his 16mm films:
In the film, Thought City, an army of commuters go about their routine,
abstract and almost non-sensical business within an ever shifting cement
block world. Occasionally they get consumed, literally, by their own news
and wage war against small, not entirely defenseless birds. Using hi-tech
concepts and lo-fi tools, animator Stefan Gruber makes an ambiguous parable
of the work-a-day world.
In the film, Leashlessness, when a couple of sniff-happy canines go into sensory
overload, it's up to a good samaritan to liberate the four-legged friends from their
In 1998, the film won The Princess Grace award, 1st prize
for animation at the Big Muddy film festival, 2nd place at the New York
Animation film festival, and in 1999 it was nominated for a Student Academy
To obtain a VHS or 16mm copy of Stefan's films to
rent or for owning, or for any comment or question: