Meet TikTok creator Sam Cotton

Sam Cotton's (very) short films use hand-drawn animation to tell quirky tales.

You may recognise Sam Cotton’s work from Ani-Mate, his winning entry in the inaugural Screen Forever Got A Minute? competition. In the short, two friends named Salty and Peps get separated in a tragic yet hilarious set of circumstances. The TikTok is made in a hybrid style of real-life footage edited with hand-drawn animations (i.e. eyes and arms on a pepper shaker), and dubbed over with Sam’s own voice work. 

Sam’s TikTok content has been going strong ever since. A recent upload entitled Nat and Nathan depicts two seagulls as a young couple. Nat confronts Nathan when she sees him ogling another female gull, and then proceeds to launch into an argument – which includes the highlights ‘Tell her about your IBS’, and ‘Oh you gotta show her your little baby bird dick’ (that last word gets replaced with an eggplant emoji in the captions to avoid TikTok’s uncompromising censors).

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Silvi Vann-Wall is a journalist, podcaster, and filmmaker. They joined ScreenHub as Film Content Lead in 2022. Twitter: @SilviReports