“Godspeed” is a story about a mother saying goodbye to her son at the airport. The son wants a hug, but the reserved mother is reluctant to do so. The seemingly small conflict between the two is amplified by the close-ups of their faces, visualizing the weight of struggle each of them is experiencing.
Gray Hodgkinson is an animator and associate professor of animation and game design at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. Gray has been developing animation education for 20 years, and has been instrumental in creating links between tertiary institutes and industry in New Zealand and internationally. Gray has presented papers and workshops on animation research and pedagogy at Melbourne, Germany, the U.K., Portugal, Canada, Japan, Taiwan, Singapore and South Korea. Starting with a degree in Fine Arts (Graphics) in 1983, and a Masters in Design (2005) Gray has sought to use media technology to explore creative opportunities. In recent work, Gray has been exploring the narrative potential of game engine technology and VR. Together with his education career, Gray continues to produce original works that deal with meaningful topics and convey stories of significance.
The animated movie “Colour Me Free” is a symbolised narrative influenced by the plight of civilians caught up in war. Through no fault of their own, these people are trapped in their cities, targeted by both sides as acceptable collateral damage, or even as human shields. This movie explores how these survivors are forced to question their allegiances, as expressed by colour, as their base human need to survive takes precedence. While no specific location is depicted, the use of coloured tiled patterns and a desert setting depicts a middle eastern reference. The visual medium used is a cross-over between animation and computer game, which makes an ironic reference to the repeated game-play of senseless war. The symbolic references in this movie are intended to raise questions in the viewer’s mind, and remind them that with some empathy and assistance, the human spirit can survive and grow.
A long abandoned animated project comes to life to antagonize the artist into completing it.
First-time directors, Lisbet Byler and Grace Wagner, reside in Lancaster, PA where they work for MAKE films, a film company producing commercial and original content. At MAKE, Grace works as Coordinating Producer and Lisbet as Studio & Marketing Manager. The two bonded over their shared love of true crime podcasts and dogs (dachshunds in particular). Lisbet and Grace hope to continue to make films that impact, inspire, and captivate audiences.
AFRAID gives viewers a real life glimpse into the anxieties women face everyday. In AFRAID, Anna’s anxieties are personified as a hooded figure to show what she is dealing with mentally. For Anna, her anxieties are as real as the hooded figure. In the end, viewers are left wondering…was there someone in Anna’s car? Or, was it all in her head?