Headspace (2020) by Alex Mach; Animated Short Film using Toon Boom Harmony, Toon Boom Storyboard Pro, and the Adobe Creative Cloud.
Alex Mach '20 is a recent animation design graduate of Longwood University. In his animated short film, a designer struggles with the inception of an idea.
"A person struggles at their desk over an idea in its early stages. A mysterious shadow looms over their shoulder blocking their creative outlet. It locks their creativity and retreats inside their head. A lone doodle stands to fight back and regain creative inspiration for its creator, but a headspace is a chaotic place. Can the doodle traverse the imagined landscapes of the mind and reclaim the key idea before all hope is lost?"
"From the beginning, I knew I wanted to challenge myself and push the envelope of what I’ve learned. I wanted to make a short film using all of the programs at my disposal and shoot for professional quality. To say it was stressful is an understatement. I encountered obstacles from the very beginning till the end. Deciding on my story was by far the hardest as it went through multiple versions. I reworked my story and setting back to square one five months ago, scrapping a summer’s worth of work, after realizing it wasn’t working. I racked my brain over every aspect of the project to come up with the best compromise between fantasy and reality. In the end, I learned from my mistakes and stood by my project until completion. Today, I’m proud to present the final film, albeit containing little errors and mistakes, and the countless hours of hard work I poured into this project. Thank you and enjoy!"
Point of Departure is on view until May 31.