Short Film: IN AN EMPTY WOOD, 2min., USA, Animation

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This is a poetic animation film on the jealousy of seeing someone succeed in a path you once considered.

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Short Film: THE SPIRIT SEAM 15min., USA, Animation

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The Spirit Seam is a short animated film about a little girl, Pollywog, and her Pap-Paw. Located in an Appalachain coal-mining town in the 1950s, the film takes the audience through the daily life of both characters. At the start of the film, the characters eat breakfast together and then travel to their respective locations- Pollywog is dropped off at school, and Pap-Paw clocks into work at the Hiraethsburg coal mine. Throughout the film they experience the simple pleasures of rural Appalachian life: catching fireflies, fishing, catching frogs, and birthdays.

Pap-Paw and Pollywog’s bond is incredibly strong. In fact, they are inseparable until illness threatens to fracture their small family.

This film is an homage to Gerst’s maternal side and their origins working in Southwestern Pennsylvania. It is a piece rooted not only in family roots and origin, but in grief over the loss of family members as well.

The Spirit Seam combines a mixture of animation mediums. The characters have been 3D modeled and animated in Audodesk Maya while the elemental effects are created in the 2D Animation software Toonboom Harmony. The sets are created physically, and are created in a variety of ways: 3D printing, embroidery, felted yarn, and sculptural techniques.

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Short Film: WHALE FALL, 3min., USA, Animation

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After the death of a whale, its corpse will become oasis for hundreds even thousands to live. Same as the death of a man – his word and love will continuously affect next generation that follow. As a great writer, that is how my grandfather affected Chinese literature and me after his death.

  • Project Title (Original Language):
    鲸落之但愿人长久
  • Film Type:
    Animation
  • Runtime:
    3 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    April 22, 2018
  • Production Budget:
    500 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Film Language:
    Chinese, English
  • Shooting Format:
    3D animation
  • Aspect Ratio:
    21:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
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Short Film: SAVING GREEN, 5min., USA, Animation

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While running and swimming near her jungle island home, a young girl accidentally stumbles upon the fortress camp of an army of militarized robot gorillas and must utilize the help of a mysterious woman and her bird to get her back home.

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Short Film: THE BACKWARD ASTRONOMER, 10min., USA, Animation/Drama

A privileged, young man falls in love with a wealthy woman and together they lead reckless lives of opulence in New York City. That is, until he finds something better—a doorway leading directly to the surface of the moon.

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  • Film Type:
    Animation
  • Runtime:
    10 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    June 1, 2018
  • Production Budget:
    100 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Film Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Cel Animation
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color

Short Film: LOVE ON THE BALCONY, 4min., USA, Animation/Romance

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An angry crotchety old man does what he can to ruin his oppressively lovey dovey neighbors.

  • Film Type:
    Animation, Short, Student
  • Genres:
    Romatic Comedy, Romance, Animation, Comedy
  • Runtime:
    3 minutes 52 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    May 5, 2017
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Film Color:
    Color

Short Film: IN A HEARTBEAT, 4min., USA, Animation/LGBT

Iahb officialposter smallerA closeted boy runs the risk of being outed by his own heart after it pops out of his chest to chase down the boy of his dreams.

  • Film Type:
    Animation, Short, Student
  • Genres:
    Romantic Comedy, Romance, Animation, LGBTQ
  • Runtime:
    4 minutes 5 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    May 5, 2017
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Film Color:
    Color