Produced, Written and Directed by Kelly Campelia
"Dark Shapes" is a short animated and interactive VR film inspired by award-winning author E. Lily Yu's chilling story "The Wretched and the Beautiful". In this VR experience, aliens interrupt your beach vacation and ask for your help. What will you do and who will you trust?
This piece was created on very little budget and a tight timeline in 2018 for the "Worlds Beyond Here" exhibit at the Wing Luke Museum (Seattle WA) showcasing Asian Pacific American influence on Science Fiction.
The original story by E. Lily Yu (vice.com/en/article/ezaava/the-wretched-and-the-beautiful) explores parallels between aliens landing and refugee crises. In her story, well-meaning people struggle with the pressure to help those in need and welcome aid from untrustworthy sources who offer to take the burden off their hands.