"My thesis animation done at School of Visual Arts, class of 2013, Computer Art MFA.
Software used: Houdini (animation), Reason (music), Nuke (comp), After Effects (final render), Processing (pre-viz)
A full description of the piece along with some still frames can be found at: dbsierra.com"
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Prix Ars Electronica Award of Distinction
Award of Innovation - Seattle International Film Festival
Best Animated Film - Rome Independent Film Festival
Best Animated Film - Rockport Film Festival
Best Short - View Social Awards
Nominated for “Best Picture” - Maverick Movie Awards
Nominated for “Best Director” - Maverick Movie Awards
Through the eyes of a young girl suffering from mental illness, CALDERA glimpses into a world of psychosis and explores a world of ambiguous reality and the nature of life and death.
CALDERA is inspired by my father's struggle with schizoaffective disorder. In states of delusion, my father has danced on the rings of Saturn, spoken with angels, and fled from his demons. He has lived both a fantastical and haunting life, but one that's invisible to the most of us. In our differing understanding of reality, we blindly mandate his medication, assimilate him to our marginalizing culture, and entirely misinterpret him for all he is worth. CALDERA aims to not only venerate my father, but all brilliant minds forged in the haunted depths of psychosis.
"MUST SEE animated short film starring a couple of total losers created by Auckland's Media Design School. The comedy is a nod towards the early films of directors Kevin Smith (Clerks, Mallrats) and Richard Linklater (Slacker, Dazed and Confused). Directed by James Cunningham with visual effects by eleven Media Design School students."
Nominated for an Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film
Winner of the 2012 Annie Award for Best Animated Short Subject
"Watching director Minkyu Lee's painterly vision of the dawn of man and first bond forged with man's best friends puts you in a musing museum state of mind. Lee captures the unfettered joy of discovery and how that feeling changes and expands when you're no longer alone."
-- Betsey Sharkey, LA Times