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.
CALDERA was helmed by Evan Viera (Director/Composer/Co-Writer) and Chris Bishop (Co-writer/Animation Supervisor/Story Artist) and was produced at Hampshire College. CALDERA was the first film to go through the Bit Films Incubator Program, where founder and professor Chris Perry (co-producer/editor) invites orphaned independent films to be made on campus with the College's students and resources. MANY students and industry professionals generously donated their time to the making of this film. See below for the full credits list.
In co-production with Bit Films and Flicker Dreams Productions
Jarred de Beer
2012 Best Animated Film - Rockport Film Festival
2012 Best Short - View Social Awards
2012 Prix Ars Electronica Award of Distinction
2012 Award of Innovation - Seattle International Film Festival
2012 Best Animated Film - Rome Independent Film Festival
CALDERA is an animated short film inspired by individuals struggling with psychotic disorders, and venerates the brilliant minds forged in the haunted depths of psychosis. The story follows a young girl, victim to a similar fate, who goes off her medication and leaves a bleak metropolis to immerse herself in a vibrant oceanic cove.
This is a personal project created by one of our artists, Rafael Vallaperde. It was awarded the 'Best Modelling' gold medal in the annual 'CG Society' competition, regarded as the 'Oscars' for digital artists.