Spirit Dive

Spirit Dive depicts an artist's exploration of self-identity and recollection of childhood's wildness and imagination through fragments of dreams. It captures the elusive nature of the artist's experiences, blurring the boundaries between the past and present, dreams and reality, and confusion and clarity. Utilizing 3D art, virtual production, and abstract avatar design, the film creates a visually captivating experience that brings these concepts to life.

  • Hugo Wu
  • Hugo Wu
  • Todd J Bryant
  • Tresson Canley
  • Sony Wang
  • Project Type:
    Animation, Experimental, Music Video, Short, Student
  • Runtime:
    5 minutes 3 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    May 8, 2023
  • Production Budget:
    1,200 USD
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  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
    Yes - New York University
  • New York Cinematography AWARDS (NYCA)
    United States
    Best Animation
Director Biography - Hugo Wu

Hugo Wu is an NYC-based 3D Motion Designer and Unreal Engine generalist. His works involves with futuristic design, abstract 3D art, virtual production and art direction.

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Director Statement

Incorporating 3D motion digital art and virtual production, Spirit Dive is a visual film about finding the desert rose god and the faded identity of the artist in fragmental dreams, combining art-based explorations in organic, raw aesthetics through a futuristic design lens. Throughout the filmmaking process, I utilized 3D scanning, MetaHuman, and UE5 to construct the characters and scenes, and accomplish the rendering work.

Spirit Dive is an exploration of finding faded wildness from my childhood. Through fragmental dreams and supernatural experiences, I dived into the dreams from my childhood and rediscovered my imaginative and wild essence. It is an invitation for audiences to reflect on their own nostalgic dreams and aspirations, encouraging them to embrace the untamed essence that resides within their own hearts.

The symbol of flowers, which appears throughout the film, holds a significance as it draws inspiration from my father's cherished plant, the desert rose. This recurring symbol connects the duality of the main character and the desert rose god, encapsulating the essence of breaking free from societal constraints and embracing an untamed, unrefined state of being. Having grown up with a father who cultivated a little garden of desert roses, I found that the plant's appearance varied based on the cultural preferences of different regions. The experience of seeing the different-looking desert roses in their natural habitat on the Socotra Islands deeply amazed me, evoking memories of wildness and imagination from childhood that had faded with age. This inspired me to create a film of me finding the inner wildness in my imagination and multiple dreams.