About the Film



A buffalo just wants to be a bird and fly, when he learns a life lesson that you shouldn't try to be someone you're not ..... The preproduction process was developed in a special animation workshop in March 2016 during the Vientianale International Film Festival in Vientiane, Laos.


Director Notes

When you get the chance to teach a workshop, you often shoot in the dark, since you don't know their experience level is with software, and with animation techniques. Luckily, I was given 10 very capable people and while previous workshops in Laos spanned 2 days, we decided to make it one day and work on learning Maya. However, it became apparent that only 2 students had Maya loaded on their computers, and we were stuck (like the previous workshop) to do preproduction and 2D animation. In this workshop, I asked them what was a concern in Laos and we narrowed it down to 'being yourself.' I really wished we chose 'Don't eat dog meat.'

It took only a year later to finish it, since the artist at the workshop created all the assets and knew how to set it all up. The piece didn't have a lot of animation, so I decided to ramp up the textures. The voice over was meant to be in Laotian, so after 2 failed attempts to get proper voice acting, Souliya Phoumivong, founder of 'My Home' and legendary Lao animator, offered to help.


Exhibition Schedule (Not current)

2018 Durban, South Africa. KZNSA in conjuction with ISEA (International Symposium of Electronic Art)



Duration 1:40
Process 2D Computer Animated
Language Laotian, English subtitles
Start Date March 2017
Completion Date September 2018
Software Used Photoshop, After Effects, Premiere, Audition
Produced In USA/Laos




Buffalo Wings
Directed, Producted and Animated by
Peter Chanthanakone

Sisongkham Phimmasean
Lumngurn Lor
Soudalat Pathammavong
Tavan Vilayseng
Nirankoon Singpraseuth

Souliya Phoumivong

Special Thanks
Helene Ouvrard