Don't Fence Me In

An ancient Chinese myth about love told through steps of a dance in an immersive and multimedia environment.

  • Anne H. Lann
  • Anne H. Lann
  • Anne Lann
  • Project Type:
    Animation, Experimental, Music Video, Short, Virtual Reality, Web / New Media
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  • Runtime:
    3 minutes 46 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    February 3, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    16,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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Director Biography - Anne H. Lann

Anne is a writer and director currently based in Los Angeles. She’s a frequent traveler between the West and the East and focuses her stories on the complexity of various aspects of human desires and experience. Her works have been selected by and showcased at many festivals including Palm Spring International ShorFest, Manhattan Film Festival, Chicago International ArtHouse Film Fest, and Ferrara Film Festival. Her MFA thesis was accepted into the 2018 Cannes Short Film Corner and won the Largo Film Awards in Switzerland for Best Directing. Her feature script about fragility is a semi-finalist of the 2018 Sundance Screenwriters’ Lab. While still pursuing her MFA at the USC School of Cinematic Arts, Anne received production scholarships and started to explore how cutting-edge technologies can help tell stories better.

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Director Statement

Combining representational elements from three continents – a live-action narrative dance based on an ancient Chinese myth, animated characters and objects based on mosaics from a Byzantine style basilica in Italy, and an iconic American Jazz song from the Golden Age, this video explores not only optimal spatial design that challenges many VR creators, but also the concept that shared human experiences transcend the limitations of space and time.