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The Water's Reach

June 2022


"The Water's Reach" is an animated short film about the accumulation & acceptance of sadness over time.


Maren (protagonist) needs to let out this sadness by crying, and creates a magical man-made lake over the course of her childhood. After a couple of decades the lake turns into a giant monster, wanting to restrict Maren under the surface forever. After neglecting her emotions for so long, the lake creature will not be able to rest until Maren accepts her feelings.


This short was created over the span of 5-7 months; from pre-production & design, to compositing and editing, as my thesis project for St. Joost School of Art & Design.

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