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:In this strange world full of mist, only the light ahead of him guided him. Like a moth to a flame, he showed an irresistible longing for truth and freedom

  • Jiaze Li
  • Jiaze Li
  • Jiaze Li
  • Project Type:
    Animation, Student
  • Runtime:
    3 minutes 31 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    December 1, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    4,000 USD
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  • Country of Filming:
    United Kingdom
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  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
    Yes - University of Arts London
Director Biography - Jiaze Li

Jiaze Li is from China and is currently studying MA animation at University of the Arts London, before that, he was a game concept designer. Currently, he is exploring ways to combine various forms of animation.

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Director Statement

The central inspiration for the film comes from a Chinese proverb that says, “If in the morning I were to gain knowledge of the correct path in life, I would be able to die at sunset without regrets.” This sentence shows the human desire for truth and the courage to explore the world, themes explored in other science fiction works such as those by Cixin Liu.
In this film, the character is likened to a moth to flame, fervently and determinedly seeking answers, even when there are many dangers or the possibility of a disappointing result. (Even if the result is terrible and disappointing.)
The film leans towards science fiction to show an absurd world filled with smoke. Only an awe-inspiring light in the center of the world attracts the character to explore. This animation combines 3D and 2D technology. 3D is very helpful to establish the spatial relationships of the scene, while 2D frame-by-frame animation makes some important elements and transitions in the picture smoother.
It is a hymn to human courage. However, it also conveys some mixed emotions: the truth may disappoint us, and the road to discovery is hard. Ultimately, the lengths to which the character goes in search of knowledge and the true scale of what he finds will encourage audiences to think about the human drive to overcome.