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Producer/Director: Matthew Toffolo http://www.matthewtoffolo.com
Festival Moderators: Kierston Drier, Shepsut Wilson
Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne
Editor: Kimberly Villarruel
Festival Directors: Mary Cox, Rachel Elder, Natasha Levy
Camera Operators: Hugh Ritchie, Isabal Cupryn, Aser Santos Jr., Zack Arch
As the world collapses around them, humanity walks on oblivious, compulsively editing selfies and updating profiles.
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Film Type:Animation, Music Video
Genres:Music Video, Animation, Creepy, Mobile phones, narrative, drama
Runtime:3 minutes 15 seconds
Completion Date:November 5, 2017
Production Budget:3,000 USD
Country of Origin:Australia
Country of Filming:Australia
Shooting Format:Digital DCP
Film Color:Black & White and Color
Shwenn (Shun-ya Chang) is a motion graphics and multimedia designer based in New York who has reinvented himself as a “multidimensional” designer. Shwenn graduated from the MFA Computer Art Program at the School of Visual Arts, NYC in 2017. He received his MS degree in Industrial Engineering and Engineering Management from National Tsing Hua University in Taiwan in 2012, focusing on Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR).
Shwenn utilizes multiform digital techniques in tandem with his style of design and storytelling. He combines humor, 3D techniques, graphics, illustration, texture, vivid colors and varied technologies to convey his messages for clients. And that range of approaches applies to his own work as well. He recently completed a personal film titled, “Expiration Date,” a motion graphics animation that integrates 2D and 3D media.
As a storyteller, filmmaking is the way to present my own truth to others.
No matter your race, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, sex, etc, “What is Love?” is the universal question for everyone. For me, opening an unexpired can seems like the beginning of a love relationship. When the relationship is over, the can has expired. However, when is the expiration date? We never know the answer before we fall in love. Should we be afraid to love or be loved? Therefore, I decided to find my own answers through this poem, through this film.
Expiration Date is a short, poetic motion graphics animated film. It developed with the existence of long lasting, romantic relationships and the attitudes we assume when approaching love. The story is about main character, S, who seeks a love with an unlimited expiration date in an Amour store. S provides one unique, compelling perspective from how to receive lasting love after his journey. And that’s the story about, the belief behind the story.
Ultimately I want Expiration Date to be like a true love for audience–– something you’ll feel deeply and won’t ever forget. It never EXPIRES.
In 2008 Robert and Max met at the University of Applied Sciences Hamburg while studying illustration and communication design. At that time they collaborated on several experimental animation projects and somehow got addicted to animation. Now living in Berlin, Robert is working as an independent filmmaker and animator specialized in 2D animation. Max is based in Munich now, working as an animator and director focused on stop motion animation and music visualization. From time to time they join their forces to create weird animations.