The Duck Family wants to escape from the bathroom that they have been living since they are conscious.

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  • Project Type:
    Feature, Short, Student
  • Runtime:
    10 minutes
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  • Student Project:
    Yes - University of Sydney
Director Biography - JIEYUAN HOU

Jieyuan Hou, also known as Elma, is a writer and filmmaker based in Zhuhai, China. Elma is a Master of Moving Image graduate from the University of Sydney. Her passion for film began after watching a touching documentary about distanced family reunion. After that, Elma joined the Melbourne University Chinese Theatre Group (MUCTG) and made 7 productions.

Elma’s enthusiasm for film sparked her desire to get to know more people, tell more stories, and to have an influence on people. Most of her works are inspired by her daily life, such as the books she has read, or the people she meets. Elma’s main interests are feature length film, but she is also interested in documentary. She wishes to pursue a variety of genres.

Her work features a number of short films, including Mr. Hunter (2017), Home Alone (2020), and Fiona (2020). Fiona (2020) is one of Elma’s original films; it tells the story of Fiona who meets another version of herself from a parallel universe. Most of the genres she has worked on have been suspense fantasy.

Elma would like to work on comedy, and also documentary. She is currently working on the project ‘I Was A Dog’, featuring the previous life of a girl called Luna. This project will be Elma’s first animation work. She wants to make it entertaining but also a warm lovely story.

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Project Description:
ESCAPE is a short film discovering how it could look like if a inhuman toy have their consciousness. Therefore, the main character is 4 shower ducks, and playing as a family. They try to escape from this bathroom at the moment when human adult is away for the baby.
This is an intense drama. From the trailer, you might see how nervous the family are when they only have a few minutes to get out. For the creative design, editing will be tight and the camera will be shaky enough to indicate the mental state of the family. It reaches to the climax when they get to the door, and the human adult just get back.
The color tone of this short film will be dark green and blue to give a sense of suspense drama. The main theme of this film is to discover the possibility of the world if our toy start to have their consciousness.