Reflection

On the surface Reflection is a simple story of two leaves. However, looking deeper, it is also a reflection of all living things as we make our way through the shared cycles of life, love, loss, and rebirth. It is about approaching life as a journey, creating a balance between self discovery and existing in harmony with the natural world. Reflection is a visual and musical experience meant to represent our connection with each other and all the living things on the planet, while honoring the complex beauty which can be found in the simplest moments and interactions. It is ultimately a celebration of life that invites viewers to share in an appreciation of all of life’s diversity and all the unique stories it has to offer.

  • Chelsea Keene
    Director
  • Chelsea Keene
    Producer
  • Project Type:
    Animation, Short, Student
  • Runtime:
    4 minutes 10 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    April 25, 2019
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
    English
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    Yes
  • Student Project:
    Yes
  • CSU Media Arts Festival
    Hollywood
    United States
    November 13, 2019
    Finalist
  • Best Short Fest
    Ottawa
    Canada
    October 5, 2019
    Canada Premiere
    Finalist
  • Cannes Short Film Festival
    Cannes
    France
    September 6, 2019
    European Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Anim! Arte - International Student Animation Festival of Brazil
    Rio de Janeiro
    Brazil
    South American Premiere
    Official Selection
  • International Film School Festival
    Tetouan
    Morocco
    November 30, 2019
    Morocco Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Overmountain Animation Festival
    Tennessee
    United States
    August 9, 2019
    Official Selection
  • California State University Long Beach - Double Exposure
    North Hollywood
    United States
    May 21, 2019
    Los Angeles Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Hollywood Reel International Film Festival
    Hollywood
    United States
    February 12, 2020
    Official Selection
  • Children's Film Festival Seattle
    Seattle
    United States
    March 1, 2020
    Seattle Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Providence Children’s Film Festival
    Providence
    United States
    February 14, 2020
    Rhode Island Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Los Angeles International Children's Film Festival
    Los Angeles, CA
    United States
  • TAAFI - TORONTO ANIMATION ARTS FESTIVAL INTERNATIONAL 2020
    Toronto
    Canada
Director Biography - Chelsea Keene

Chelsea Keene is a Los Angeles film maker with a passion for story creation through concept art, storyboarding, writing, and animation. She has a background in fine art, theater, musical and circus performance, and directing live theatrical shows. Her artwork, stories, scripts and original musical compositions have been featured at various theaters, festivals, and shows throughout California and the US. Keene's animated film work has been featured nationally as well as internationally at film festivals and screenings. Her animated short films, Reflection, was written, designed, animated and directed by Keene and features her own musical score.  

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Director Statement

Reflection was written, designed, animated and directed by Chelsea Keene. It was created in the traditional 2D animation style and painted digitally. The music is Keene's original composition.