*Just in case you miss it, there's a short sequence after the credits.

Sayonara
2011
Experimental Short, 3min 40sec

A short story about two unlikely friends saying goodbye. A young man named Charles just lost his home. He spends one last day with his best friend, a sea turtle, before moving on.

More on the making of Sayonara here;
vimeo.com/24676900

This graduation project was made while at the Kyoto University of Art and Design. It brings together a lot of the research I had done over the three years I spent in Kyoto, using techniques such as drawing, cg, photography, painting, video, and puppets. "Sayonara" is based abstractly on my own experiences living in Japan, the concepts relate in many ways to these experiences, my friends, foods, things I saw, and things I felt over this time; in particular the idea of saying goodbye to close friends.

Directed by
Eric Bates

Puppeteer/ Sound Editing
Rulo

Sky Paintings
Yuki Murabayashi

Lacquer Transfer Textures
Judith Umana

Motion Tracking Assistant
Jeon Tae Hwan

3D Stereo Consultant
Masayoshi Arimoto
Taisei Enterprise

Media Services
Kasuo Hirose
Kazuyoshi Tsuji
Shineisha Company

Special Thanks
Ayumi Bates

Yasu Suzuka
Hirokazu Sato
Masahiro Kashima
Robert Borland
Kyoto University of Art
Monbukagakusho

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