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Mono no Aware

A temple and a cherry tree have existed at the top of a mountain for centuries, but as human civilization becomes more and more advanced, the old ways begin to crumble.

  • Amelia Bianchi
  • Amelia Bianchi
  • Amelia Bianchi
    Key Cast
    "Sakura, Mizu, Girl 1 and 2"
  • Amelia Bianchi
  • freesound.org
    Sound Effects
  • Ariel Costa
  • Vecteezy
  • Unsplash
  • Project Type:
    Animation, Experimental, Short
  • Genres:
    Romance, Fantasy, drama, tragedy
  • Runtime:
    4 minutes 8 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    June 13, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    0 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
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  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
    Yes - Pratt Institute
Director Biography - Amelia Bianchi

My name is Amelia Bianchi and I am currently a Masters student at Pratt Institute. I love animation and I hope to share my stories with you!

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Director Statement

As a fan of Japanese animation, I have been exposed to various concepts and ideas that differ from the culture I was brought up in. One of the Japanese ideologies that I found especially interesting was the idea of "Mono no Aware," roughly translated to English as "the impermanence of things." The beloved Japanese cherry blossoms are a major symbol of this, being that they are only around for about 7-10 days a year (the one in my yard blooms for about 10 days). Seeing impermanence as beautiful because it is fleeting is a very natural way of looking at things, so I decided to make a film about it. Now especially with the climate crisis we're in I think these ideas are beneficial to us. Nature is not based on permanent things. The world has changed many times over and will continue to change whether we want it to or not. The question is: what changes do we want to cause?