I can’t think of things that inspired this project. I sort of drifted on the idea of creating a short story that took place a sort of dystopian society where two worlds separated by a huge wall of politics and indifferences which would soon come crumbling down. I had so many ideas for this project, but I can’t think of anything to truly pin point my inspiration for the story.
When thinking about how I’d go about designing the characters and the setting I tried to think back to every animation I’d ever fallen in love with. I found inspiration is many short films and episodic tales. I felt drawn into the flat designs of Samurai Jack and the lively stop motion film, “Fantastic Mr. Fox.
Where story and image connect
A few years ago, I saw a few movies that changed how I looked at story. First, a 2012 film, “Wolf Children” directed by Mamoru Hosoda. This film was both stunning and heart breaking. Second, “The Girl who Leapt Through Time,” a story of time travel. Lastly, “Barefoot Gen” (need I say more). Although each film is vastly different, each on offers me a very different connection to how I feel stories are told.
In the end —without quite knowing it, I piece together stories that tell more about what I’ve been though and less about what I like or what inspires me. I am simply telling my own story through twisted lenses and scribbles on a paper. I find meaning of my film through the resiliency of my existence.