Private Project

Son & Moon

A young man from a prestigious line of high cuisine chefs grows up expressing his love of cooking in a playful way. Despite his father’s wishes, he secretly trains with a hibachi chef at a tiny food stall during the night and discovers he has a talent for it. His father catches him at the night market, but before he can reprimand him, the boy performs his heart out, which convinces his father to let him pursue his dreams.

  • Saiya Lin
  • Lex Cooper
  • Han Thar Htin
    Animation Director
  • Eden Liu
    Lead Animator
  • Ethan Richey
  • Project Type:
    Animation, Short, Student
  • Genres:
    Biographical, Animation
  • Runtime:
    7 minutes 50 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    August 17, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    10,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
    Yes - Savannah College of Art & Design
Director Biography - Saiya Lin

Saiya is a Taiwanese-American 2D animator and visual development artist from Atlanta. He loves trying new foods and is constantly inspired by the world around him. He has a deep interest in storytelling and wants to create stories that resonate.

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Director Statement

“Son & Moon” is a 2D animated biographical short film with influences of Asian aesthetics and family values. The focus is placed on family and the struggle of appeasing one’s elders. The film uses color to show the two worlds of food that the Young Moon must traverse in order to express himself and earn his father’s approval. As a story about overcoming the fear of pursuing what makes you happy, “Son & Moon” wants to tell the story of a person who wants to break from tradition and wander from the path set for him. It promises a warm relatable story accompanied by dynamic food animation that will make mouths water.