CRUISING

3:21 mins 07 May 2014
Director:Zachary Zezima
Year:2013
University:California Institute of the Arts (CALARTS)
Country:United States of America

Synopsis

Based on a true story, CRUISING follows a young man through an extrovert\’s dream and an introvert\’s nightmare; the chaotic and cacophonous world of forced-fun aboard an insular cruise ship. His initial inability to accept his environment drives him to suicidal fantasy, where he learns to cope with his stressors, discomfort and anxieties.

Background

After a family cruise in which I briefly contemplated jumping ship, I felt my inner conflicts within this environment and setting would make for an interesting story. After learning I’d be joining my family for a second cruise, I decided to use it as a research trip for a short animated film and it’s the only reason I didn’t go overboard the second time!

How the film was made

A mixture of hand-drawn animation, Photoshop animation, video, photography and stop motion, all composited in After Effects.

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