Short Film 2014

Imagine living a life where the world you perceive and experience around you is entirely different than that of your peers, and your family — where you feel… misunderstood.

Autism is the one of the highest growing serious developmental disabilities today. Our wish with this piece is to give a glimpse into the lives of children living with Autism and, in any way we can, to inspire positive change through a deeper tolerance and understanding.

For our senior film, we have chosen to represent an extreme case: life through the eyes of a child who is non-verbal, and her constant struggle to cope with the world around her. We understand that Autism is complex, and has a wide spectrum; this film is meant only as an interpretation inspired by our research and time spent within the Autism community.

Thank you for watching!

Directed and Produced by Marisabel Fernandez and Alexander Bernard at Ringling College of Art and Design.

2D Animation: Alexander Bernard, Marisabel Fernandez
3D Animation: Alexander Bernard ( )
Edit: Marisabel Fernandez ( )
Design: Marisabel Fernandez
Live Action Cinematography: Natasha Thornton
Sound Design : Jamie Vance ( )
Therapist: Roberta Rosenthal
Voice Mother: Tammy Zeitler
Voice Child: Nicole Zeitler

Faculty Advisors: Ed Cheetham, Nora Gaffney, Ron Zeitler, Dante Rinaldi, Joey Korenman, Jill Taffet, Morgan Williams.

Special Thanks: Bonnie & Jack Harrison, Lolo Martinez, Jose & Andres Lange, friends and family

The process behind the film was tedious but necessary in order to achieve the desired effect. Maxon's Cinema 4D was used as a tool to map out most of the animation and then proceeded by Adobe Photoshop for the film's hand drawn and painted look. Above is a process video of how the film was developed and below are a few frames that show the film from its stages in Cinema 4D to its final look in Photoshop.