Out Of Touch

After falling from the sky, our character relives his early childhood memories with his grandparents - except, they aren’t his grandparents, and he’s not in his regular body.

Out of Touch is a 2D animation short film created by Henry He.

  • Henry he
    Director
  • Nolan Markey
    Music and Sound
    Composer
  • Vladimir Leveque
    Music and Sound
    Sound Designer
  • Project Type:
    Animation, Short, Student
  • Genres:
    Drama, Heart-Felt, 2D Animation, Animation, AnimationShort
  • Runtime:
    3 minutes 20 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    April 16, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    500 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    Canada
  • Country of Filming:
    Canada
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    Yes
  • Student Project:
    Yes - Sheridan College
  • Anim8 Student Film Festival
    Wheaton
    United States
    October 18, 2021
    Award Of Excellence
  • Los Angeles Animation Festival
    Los Angeles
    United States
    December 4, 2021
    Award Winner
  • SHORT to the Point Festival
    Bucharest
    Romania
    January 11, 2022
    Award Winner
  • Couch Film Festival
    Toronto
    Canada
    March 22, 2022
    Best Animation
  • Indie Online Film Festival

    January 27, 2022
    Award Winner
  • Monthly Indie Shorts

    February 1, 2022
    Award Winner
  • iFilm Festival
    Los Angeles
    United States
    February 13, 2022
    Student Award
  • Short Film Factory
    Bucharest
    Romania
    April 1, 2022
    Honorable Mention
  • Animation Studio Festival
    Paris
    France
    April 25, 2021
    Quarter Finalist
Director Biography - Henry he

24-year-old animator based in Toronto, who has a passion for storytelling through the use of colours and dynamic animations.

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Director Statement

Out of Touch is about losing connection with loved ones and most importantly- yourself. After losing a loved one in my family this past year, I found myself questioning my identity. Who am I? What are my cultural roots? What matters the most to me in life?

Harris, the main character of the film, explores this dilemma of losing his self-identity. Having his identity formed by the environment during his formative years, he forgets about the very foundation that created him; his eastern Asian descent and grandparents. Through falling into a dream, Harris physically transforms into a baby. He plummets deep into the sea that represents his mind. As reality blends with fantasy, he loses touch with what's real or not as he comes across a rather abstract concept of rats that represent his grandparents. As the journey unfolds, we discover the rats symbolize the toy, a reoccurring item in Harris's upbringing. Through the glitching that becomes more apparent, Harris begins to piece who the rats truly are. Abstract thoughts that hide behind true memories, Harris gains closure and understanding of himself.

During this time of isolation and hate, many of us are blinded by anxiety, out of touch with what truly matters to us. Through this film, I want to inspire viewers to consider the important figures and experiences in their lives. Visit your loved ones, relive memories through old photo albums, embrace your cultural diversity - get in touch.