The Wisdom of Pessimism
 
How do you ensure contentment? A good pessimist knows just how.
In this film for The School of Life, I teamed up with an amazing group of artists, exploring a mix of different animation techniques to tell you how you can become a good pessimist.

All this is written and narrated by the great philosopher Alain de Botton.
 
Script
Alain de Botton
 
Director
Claudio Salas
 
Designers
Stephen Kelleher
Emily Suvanvej
Bee Grandinetti
Brian Gossett
Tuna Bora
Ege Soyuer
Claudio Salas
Nicolo Bianchino
Marie-Margaux Tsakiri-Scanatovits
Joe Donaldson
Rasmus Bak
Kyle Strope
Daniel Chester
Daniel Oeffinger
Damien Correll
Yker Moreno
Gonzalo Menevichian
Jay Quercia
Chris Phillips
Mikey Please
Cesar Pelizer
Yuki Yamada
Johnny Kelly
 
Sound design
David Kamp
 
Storyboards & edit
Claudio Salas
 
2D animators
Claudio Salas
Ege Soyuer
Nicolo Bianchino
Andreas Bjørn Hansen
Sander van Dijk
Bee Grandinetti
Joe Donaldson
Rasmus Bak
Nick Petley
Kyle Strope
Daniel Chester
Daniel Oeffinger
Justin Lawes
Gonzalo Menevichian
Jay Quercia
Chris Phillips
 
3D animators
Claudio Salas
Ege Soyuer
Andreas Bjørn Hansen
Chris Phillips
Cesar Pelizer
 
Cel animators
Claudio Salas
Ege Soyuer
Daniel Oeffinger
Olivia Blanc
Bee Grandinetti
Gonzalo Menevichian
Jay Quercia
 
Compositors
Claudio Salas
Ege Soyuer
Andreas Bjørn Hansen
Nick Petley
Yker Moreno
Jay Quercia
Chris Phillips
Cesar Pelizer

Model makers
Emily Suvanvej
Mikey Please
 
Stop motion animators
Claudio Salas
Mikey Please
 
Special thanks
Xoana Herrera
Esteban Esquivo
Gergely Wootsch
Philip Walker Davies