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The story of habitat loss told through the life of a bear in a regular city zoo. Between day dreams of the past and mundane happenings of the present, an opportunity presents itself for the bear to make its escape.

  • Dinesh Ram
  • Akhil Kodamanchili
    Sound design
  • The Sounds Within
  • Dhiman Sengupta
  • Bharathi Ramaswamy
  • Shri Krishna
  • Hari Krishna
  • Ketki Jadhav
    Special thanks
  • Satyajeet Prabhu
    Special thanks
  • Nikunj Patel
    Special thanks
  • Aadarsh Rajan
    Special thanks
  • Project Type:
    Animation, Short, Student
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    10 minutes 51 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    September 2, 2016
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Director Biography - Dinesh Ram

Dinesh Ram is a graduate of the National Institute of Design having successfully completed the Animation Film Design course there. He is an avid reader and has a keen interest in programming. He hopes to write error-free lines of code one day.

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Director Statement

This graduation film was born out of a time of utter desperation but when the idea took root, the desperation fell away and the film had its own momentum to keep it going. I had just thrown away months of work on a previous project because I was so completely disgusted by it. It was at this time that I came upon a news article on the internet of a bear in a Berlin Zoo which escaped its enclosure and found its way into the children's playground. As it stood there, fidgeting with an abandoned bicycle, a tranquilliser dart found its mark and it was promptly put to sleep. This anti-climactic story set of a series of "what-ifs" in my mind. What if the bear had found its way outside the zoo? What if the story didn't end there? This film is the answer I found to all of these questions and tied it to the larger issues that the world faces today, issues of encroachment and rapid urbanisation.

The story telling in the film has many sources of inspiration, ranging from classic books such as The Stranger by Albert Camus to the eccentric tales of Don Hertzfeldt. The stylistic inspiration is derived from the films of Matthias Hoegg, David O'Reilly and Eamonn O'Neill.