Private Project


Motion Light Lab is excited to be releasing our short 3D animated film in American Sign Language, one of the first of its' kind by using motion capture technology. "Dimensions" is a story told by Zoe, about an important incident that occurred when she was 12 years old: Zoe, a smart, spunky Deaf girl with sky high ambitions wants to become an astronaut when she grows up, just like her mother Angie. However, on a top mission for a space agency, Angie disappears and Zoe is devastated. We follow her journey in trying to bring her mother back, and when she makes the biggest discovery of humankind.

  • Melissa Malzkuhn
  • MJ Kielbus
    The Pastman, Oblivion
  • MJ Kielbus
    The Pastman, Oblivion
  • Melissa Malzkuhn
  • Rosa Lee Timm
    Key Cast
    "Older Zoe"
  • Project Type:
    Animation, Short
  • Genres:
    Sci-Fi, Children
  • Runtime:
    17 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    November 30, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    65,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
    American Sign Language, English
  • Shooting Format:
    Motion Capture, Digital
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  • Film Color:
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Director Biography - Melissa Malzkuhn, MJ Kielbus

Melissa Malzkuhn is a 3rd generation Deaf activist, academic, artist, and digital strategist with a love for language play, interactive experiences, and community-based change. She founded and leads creative research and development at Motion Light Lab, at a Gallaudet University research center.

MJ Kielbus is a multi-generational Deaf filmmaker that currently resides in Washington DC. She graduated from RIT in 2013 with a B.F.A. in film. She currently works as a production specialist with Motion Light Lab, which is housed at Gallaudet University, the world's only Deaf university. She also does creative projects as a Media Director for Copper & Water.

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