BRAKE is a 2D-3D hybrid Animation about a man that endures sensory overload from attempting to travel. He and his service animal are denied entry which sends him into a panic. His service animal works to get him back to his senses.

  • Aja M Weary
  • Amanda Richardson
  • María Andrea Acosta
  • Project Type:
    Animation, Documentary, Short, Student
  • Genres:
    Drama, Documentary
  • Runtime:
    4 minutes 19 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    May 26, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    0 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
    Yes - Savannah College of Art and Design
Director Biography - Aja M Weary, Amanda Richardson

Aja (pictured here), is from good ole’ Atlanta, Georgia, and specializes in 3D animation, but still has a love and hand for 2D. She is diagnosed under the Autism Spectrum and struggles with sound sensitivity. She is aided by her Service dog Atlas every day to help her cope with the world around her.

Amanda grew up south of the Mile-High City, Highlands Ranch, Colorado to be exact. She graduated from Arapahoe Community College with an associate's degree in general arts with a focus in watercolors as well as a certificate in graphic design. After graduating from ACC she enrolled at Savannah College of Art and Design where she focused on 3D character animation with an affinity for modeling as a side hobby. At the age of 16, Amanda's first job was at a local pet store where she had the opportunity to work with someone who also had a service dog. He was trained to alert his handler whenever he could sense she was about to have a seizure so she could take precautions to alert the right people if possible and to get somewhere safe. At an early age she learned not all disabilities are visible and it became a driving factor for her to be a part of this film.

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Director Statement

Ultimately, I wanted the film to carry the message to respect people, their disabilities, and their aids. Not all disabilities are visible, the majority of people don’t think I am autistic when they meet me, but that doesn’t mean I am affected by it daily. Service animals like Atlas do a lot of good for their handlers. There are battles we go through day by day, that we attempt to hide from the world. The least we can do is offer each other respect and understanding.