PROLOGUE

by Stephen Heo

A lost figure is transported across a digital space - a journey that challenges everything about their identity and leaving nothing secure, nothing certain.
And it really made me realize about how they, they're just sort of... drifting to the other side. They have one foot here and one foot somewhere else, and yet for some reason it doesn't bother them. You know? And I... you know, you're right. All I know is what I see, and all I know is that somewhere along the line, you're not going to be afraid anymore. Somewhere in that last, those last hours, it's gonna go away.
I've seen things you people wouldn't believe...
Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion. I watched C-beams glitter in the dark near Tennhauser Gate.
All those moments will be lost in time, like tears
in rain.

Part of the UCLA Design Media Arts 2020 Senior Capstone "Looking in / Looking out" exhibition, opening on June 4, 2020.
Directed and animated by:
Stephen Heo
Original soundtracks by:
Plush Productions ("Breaking Point") instagram.com/plush_productions_
David Marcus ("rain") instagram.com/dirtydavee
Drone operator / Editing / Compositing / Sound Design:
Stephen Heo
Software:
Adobe Premiere Pro
Adobe After Effects
TouchDesigner
Cinema 4D
OctaneRender
RealFlow
Production:
Ocean footage was acquired using a drone registered under the FAA and licensed for personal, non-commercial use, and received unlocked restrictions over Santa Monica Beach.
182 hrs rendering (all drafts)
Epigraph and concepts composited in After Effects
Screen animations generated in TouchDesigner
Animations in Cinema 4D with OctaneRender and RealFlow
Final cut edited and exported in Premiere Pro

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