Private Project

Nowhere

John, who wants to fit in, goes to a semi casual social event held in a bar.
No one pays attention to John - he sees a reflection and realizes that everyone has their own color but him. John decides to shift his color/characteristic depends on person he talks with, like a chameleon.

  • HyeonJeong Cho
    Director
  • Perry M. Woo
    Composer
  • Paul Andre Fonarev
    Sound Designer
  • Film Type:
    Animation, Short, Student
  • Runtime:
    4 minutes 9 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    May 9, 2018
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    Yes
Director Biography - HyeonJeong Cho

HyeonJeong Cho is South Korean-born animated filmmaker and storyboard artist located in Los Angeles who is recently finished her MFA degree at University of Southern California for Animation and Digital Arts.
Before HyeonJeong comes to US, she has been in 20 countries including Working Holiday in Australia, 50 days solo backpacking in India, completing Camino de Santiago by herself in Spain, volunteer work in the Philippines. Also, she has diverse work experience in 4 different countries, South Korea, Australia, Japan and US.
Most recently HyeonJeong interned at Nickelodeon as a Production Intern on Shimmer and Shine for Summer and Fall 2017, and the previous summer she worked at Tokyo Broadcasting System and created short animated assets and commercial bummers for the TV show, CatChat, which was aired in Thailand in 2017.
HyeonJeong has been boxing for 3 years - to eat ice creams as many as she wants.

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Director Statement

Nowhere is a narrative driven, 2D digital hand drawn animated film about a self-esteem, social issue of the main character, John. The film was inspired by personal experience of living in different countries as a foreigner - I have often found myself mimicking others, acted differently to fit in. As sharing my experience and feeling to others, I realized a lot of people have had similar pressure in their social life.
The goal of the film is to show the social/peer pressure, yet to share that it is not just one person’s emotional crisis, it is a part of life we all living in. The film is intended to deliver the idea using only visuals, sounds and music, not any sort of direct language. That would allow to the audience to project their own idea, not being explained.
The style of film is designed to be simple, defined shapes and limited animation with a jazz music. Having simple designs and light jazz music balances the tone of the film between the heavy subject and designed visuals.