FE:AR is a short animated film about a person who lives with constant anxiety in social situations. Social anxiety is the most common mental illness in the U.S. and it affects almost every area of life. To escape this fear, most people tend to avoid social interactions and be alone, just like the main character in FE:AR. This person hesitates to open the front door when he or she senses someone’s presence outside. He or she panics while giving a presentation in front of people. People with social anxiety fear being judged by others, so they choose to constantly hide. Nevertheless, they have to blend in this world to survive even though every day is a new challenge for them. FE:AR visualizes these hidden fears in order to create empathy for the main character.

  • Hansol Ryoo
  • Hunter Hanson
  • Project Type:
    Animation, Short, Student
  • Runtime:
    3 minutes 22 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    April 18, 2019
  • Country of Origin:
    Korea, Republic of
  • Country of Filming:
    Korea, Republic of, United States
  • Film Color:
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
Director Biography - Hansol Ryoo

Hansol is a visual artist based in New York. She creates motion graphics, animations, and illustrations. She specializes in cell animation in the style of hand-drawn illustrations. She is fascinated by the charm of irregularity in this technique.
Hansol has recently graduated from the School of Visual Arts(SVA) in the specialty of Motion Graphics with MFA degree and also received BFA degree in Graphic Design at SVA in 2017.

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Director Statement

I am inspired by observing and listening to the world around me. I record stories and ideas in my sketchbooks as line drawings. After moving to New York, one of the biggest and busiest cities in the world I became interested in people. I observed and drew them in my journal, and this became the most important influence on my most recent, FE:AR.

My work explores the psychology of modern people. My short animated film, FE:AR, is focusing on a person who has a social anxiety disorder. Thanks to social media, the world is getting smaller and more connected. On the other hand, loneliness and anxiety in our lives increase every day. We are being criticized by others all the time when connected online, and this makes people feel tired and embarrassed. People with social anxiety fear being judged by others, so they hide and avoid social situations to feel safe and try to handle the problem by themselves. They always feel alone and every day is a new challenge for them. Nevertheless, they need to get along with others to live in this world no matter how hard it is. In FE:AR, I wanted to visualize these hidden anxieties and console people live with such constant fears and tell them they are not alone in the world.