Little Bell

little bell is a 2D narrative animated film about artists’ motivation and creativities. The story is set in the daily life of an unmotivated artist. One rainy night, she accidentally enters a dreamy new world, and meets her inner child. Through a unique emotional conversation with her inner child, she gains courage and confidence.

  • Yuki Wu
    Director
  • Yuki Wu
    Writer
  • Yuki Wu
    Producer
  • Robert Kohr
    Instructor
  • Lotte Marie Allen
    Instructor
  • Mathias Loose
    Composer
  • Yuki Wu
    Animator
  • Alan Sun
    Background Painter
  • Zeyu Ma
    Background Painter
  • Terammar Studio
    Sound Design
  • Project Type:
    Animation, Short, Student
  • Genres:
    fantasy, children, drama
  • Runtime:
    3 minutes 7 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    April 19, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    2,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    Yes
  • Student Project:
    Yes - School of Visual Arts
Director Biography - Yuki Wu

Yuki Wu is a Chinese illustrator and 2D animator based in New York. She has a BFA in Illustration from School of Visual Arts from 2018, and is currently pursuing an MFA Computer Arts. With a strong foundation of drawing and painting, she loves to create stylized character illustrations, using mostly digital mediums like Adobe Creative Suite. Specializing in 2D Animation, Concept Design, and Motion Graphics, she uses color and storytelling to create visual stories, transforming personal memories and fantasies into colorful experiences for viewers. Long story short, she loves to draw and make those drawings move!

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Director Statement

When I was a kid, I used to go to the rooftop everyday after school. All the cars and people look like ants from up there, I like to imagine I'm a giant, living peacefully among the city. I still remember the view like it was yesterday. Moments in our lives make memories, and memories are what makes us human. My work is inspired by my personal memories growing up, and my relationship with the world around me. By creating artwork that tells stories, I have the chance to relive those moments, and express emotions to resonate with anyone with similar reflections about their lives. Growing up as the “quiet kid” in a small town, I found my peace in animation and comic books. I enjoy these fantasy worlds that contain my dreams. With years of fundamental art training, I learned how to observe and capture reality, but a childish, colorful world of fantasies remains. I cherish my childhood experiences a lot. Most of the time, I let my nostalgic drive my creativity. Aside from reflecting my identity through memories, I also believe a person’s childhood is the most imaginative and the purest stage of life, and it is something worth documenting even after it’s long gone. As an artist, I observe the world and illustrate what I experience. Using different art mediums like animation and illustrations allow me to express who I am, as well as bring enjoyment and comfort to others.