Dechen is a Ladhaki, Tibetan Buddhist monk-in-training with a passion for gardening. One stormy night, he rescues an exquisite flower by bringing it indoors. However, despite his care and concerns, the flower inexplicably starts to fall apart and the boy struggles to accept the situation. Finally, Angmo, the head monk is forced to intervene and rescue Dechen from himself. Dechen finds peace at last when he understands how to truly save his dying flower - by eliminating the need to possess and control.
Winner of the "Outstanding Achievement in Traditional Animation" Dusty Award (2012). DECHEN premiered at the 23rd Dusty Film & Animation Festival at the School of Visual Arts Theater in NYC on May 7. This was my BFA thesis project and I was given a little over 2 semesters to work on it. The story was shaped by an experience I had while trying to get a beloved feral colony cat adopted in to a home and new surroundings.
DECHEN was animated traditionally on paper, the layouts were created out of mixed media and the animated frames were scanned and colored in Photoshop. I worked with SVA Film faculty member and noted musician, Nana Simopoulos once more to compose the overall music for the film, while my friend and professional musician, Marlon Cherry played the bells and the beautiful Kalimba. A couple of supportive and talented animation friends helped color the frames. Noted wildlife watercolorist and my drawing teacher, Deborah Ross sprinkled my credits with her lovely paintings. BFA Film Sound Design major, Steven Burgess (also a thesis student at the time) handled the sound design elements of my film. Don Poynter was my awesome thesis advisor, while dear friend and animation veteran, Howard Beckerman was the light at the end of the story-tunnel.
I could not have created and finished this film without the patience and support of my SVA teachers and supportive peers, friends, my super-patient husband and my beloved cats (both the indoor and outdoor ones).
This is the mountain village of Whistler, 675m above sea level. Forested with old growth fir and cedar. An important black bear habitat. Criss-crossed by deep valleys making way to endless glaciers. There are few paved roads but instead many miles of intersecting logging roads and dirt trails. It is an El Nino year. We are on the far edge of the Howe Sound, famous for fierce storms, which will make landfall from the west, come December.
4 men make haste into the storm in search of vast powder bowls, to which the mountain village has garnered a reputation. A difficult task, travelling the unchartered terrain, requires the groups combined wits. Only persistence and a spot of luck will reward success. The adventure begins in the mountain village they call home but foreign lands beckon. A journey awaits and a feeling desired. We follow this group, through trials and triumph, Seeking Nirvana.
"Australia's Gold Coast" was shot entirely in Ultra HD 4K resolution by Joe Capra (scientifantastic) over a two week period on the Gold Coast of Queensland Australia, and was produced for Gold Coast Tourism ( visitgoldcoast.com ).
Welcome to the famous Gold Coast, Australia’s endless playground of entertainment and adventure. For generations we have been embracing and entertaining the Gold Coast's special guests with a promise of big smiles and warm memories in a spectacle of golden beaches, legendary theme parks, iconic rainforests, and lively attractions. Feel the excitement of life in the fun lane, where the sun shines on an unlimited variety of things to see and do all year round. Cuddle a koala, learn to surf, and walk a World Heritage listed rainforest trail in a day full of natural adventure. Scream with excitement on the biggest and best theme park rides, browse the boutiques, or putt your way to a win on a championship golf course. And as the sun sets over this city by the sea, treat yourself to an international stage show, dine on the freshest local produce and take your cocktail beachside as the Gold Coast glimmers through the night. The Gold Coast is a celebrated holiday experience set on one of Australia’s most spectacular natural stages.