ROCK01 (2012) is a 2D animation made for Erdi Yao's 2012 thesis project in School of Visual Arts, which tells the story of a robot who finds a way to communicate with limited expression, and ultimately defeat a legion of alien invaders. Inspired by Japanese robot animations and western science fiction, ROCK01 uses a clean and bold vector graphic design style combined with a strong visual structure. The animation merges eastern symbolism with a western narrative structure to create a new language at the intersection of experimental and popular film styles.
2013 Best Sci-Fi, Honolulu Film Awards, Honolulu, Hawaii, U.S.A.
2013 Honorable Mention, Best Animated Short, DIY Film Festival, Santa Monica, California, U.S.A.
2012 Finalist, Taiwan International Student Design Competition, Taiwan
2013 United Film Festival, Brooklyn, New York, U.S.A.
2013 8th Annual Macon Film Festival, Macon, Georgia, U.S.A.
2012 International Film Festival of Cinematic Arts, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.
2012 Monarch Film Festival, Pacific Grove, California, U.S.A.
2012 Hartford Flick Festival, Hartford, Connecticut, U.S.A.
2012 Pentedattilo Film Festival, Reggio Calabria, Italy.
2012 Independents' Film Festival, Tampa, Florida, U.S.A.