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This Artist's Amazing Transformation Will Blow Your Mind

Journey through life, death, and back again in this stunning stop-motion animation by artist Emma Allen. Each of the vibrant self-portraits was painted over a 5-day period and explores the transfer of energy from one life form to another.

Transforming her face with each frame, this incredible 75-second short film highlights the beauty of the circle of life. Follow Emma Allen on YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Post-production by Huxley.

The Short Film Showcase spotlights exceptional short videos created by filmmakers from around the world and selected by National Geographic editors. We look for work that affirms National Geographic's belief in the power of science, exploration, and storytelling to change the world. To submit a film for consideration, please email sfs@natgeo.com. The filmmakers created the content presented, and the opinions expressed are their own, not those of National Geographic Partners.