An animated short film in exploration of the struggle with mental illness and finding healing in the living waters of the sea.

  • Juliana Loomer
  • Juliana Loomer
  • Juliana Loomer
  • Project Type:
    Animation, Experimental, Short
  • Runtime:
    11 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    August 12, 2023
  • Production Budget:
    300 USD
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Director Biography - Juliana Loomer

“Millions of people have seen my work, they just don’t know it.”
Juliana Loomer has worked as a digital artist in the entertainment industry in California making artwork for films such as Revenge of the Sith, StarWars 30th Anniversary re-releases, Indiana Jones 4 as well as Die Hard 4 and more. Largely self-taught, at 30 years old, Juliana pursued a Bachelor of Fine Art from the Academy of Art University, San Francisco, and experience in the high-expectation world of visual effects, Juliana has developed a painting style that not only fools the eye with the illusion of reality, but also inspires the heart.

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Director Statement

In our cultural landscape, the interplay of mental illness and depression remains a persistent motif, casting shadows and light on the human experience. Amidst the currents of our existence, we often find ourselves navigating the tumultuous waters, struggling to stay afloat. Yet, in the twists and turns, there lie profound obscurities, poised to engulf our radiance.

My first cinematic endeavor delves into the ethereal act of transmuting phantoms, enduring metaphorical deaths, and gracefully enfolding ourselves in those ephemeral, luminous moments of enchantment that serve to guide us through the journey of life. This poignant motif threads its symbolism through the tapestry of "Transcendence."

I am firmly convinced that when we confront life's trials with an artistic lens, we unfurl new dimensions of perception, allowing us to engage with our trepidations, anguish, and scars in a profoundly transformative way. The revelation lies in the understanding that the healing alchemy is within our grasp—a process of embracing the light and awe that life unfailingly offers.

"Transcendence" is an invocation to cathartically embrace and navigate the realms of darkness and light within and around us. In this cinematic dance, I beckon you to join me, not merely as a spectator, but as a kindred soul to the frontier of the individual spirit.