This animation is based on "The Dog and His Shadow," a fable about greed and possession. The individual reaches into a drainage ditch for some new found money, despite carrying a case of valuables already. In his quest for additional riches, his suitcase is stolen. To top is off, the flash light he uses to search for the money goes out.
My first use of mattes is probably obvious; the spotlight that reveals the money. The second one, however is not as direct. I wanted to mask off the drain on the side of the road so it appears as if the individual is reaching into a hole.