Freelance Animator Tokyo Japan Tobias Schlage


When a kid starts spending time in the real world, it’s up to his smartphone to bring his attention back to where it belongs.

About Like and Follow:

Like and Follow is a 3d animated short film, that I directed and animated together with Brent Forrest. It follows the story of a little boy that cant see anything but the display of his smartphone. Each time he starts to realize the beauty and dangers of the world around him his smartphone forces his attention back to the screen.  The film won 35 Awards and played in 80 countries at over 175 film festivals including Annecy, Giffoni and Siggraph Asia.


Timely and important theme, beautifully and joyfully animated. I LIKE it!

Like and Follow is a genuinely funny production. And it’s even better when you discover the rather humorous and unexpected twist at the end. I’ve seen 2 hour-long comedies that have made me laugh less than this 2 minute film did!

UK Film Review, Read the whole review

Real awesome! Animation real nice and really cool concept.

James Rolfe,

Very polished CGI, great movement, expression, no short cuts on details, water drops on eyeglasses etc. Also a topical message to boot. A great job….You should be proud of this short film, a GREAT job!

Harland Williams, About Harland Williams

The jury instantly went crazy. It’s clever, it’s honest, it’s under 3 minutes… some mind-blowing stuff.

Toronto Indie Night, Toronto Indie Night on Facebook

Well made, obviously, but with clever and economical storytelling – and the twist at the end nicely counterbalances any accusations of overt sweetness.

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Written, Directed by
Tobias Schlage and Brent Forrest

Modelling & Animation by
Tobias Schlage and Brent Forrest

Music Composed by
David Arcus

Rigging & FX
Brent Forrest

Lighting & Rendering Supervision
Mohammed Hamid

Lighting, Shading, Rendering
Shoma Mizutani
Filipe Ferreira
Ogulcan Tayman

Lukas Przybylski
Rajdip Chakraborty
Mohammed Hamid

Rigging support
Jean-Baptiste Bongrand