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A young boy named Kevin moves into a new neighbourhood. On his first day of school, strange tears start to flow non-stop from his eyes. He devises a fool-proof solution: a tank on his head. As the day goes, he begins to realise that the container might not be the best way to deal with his issues.

  • Novella
  • Uma Bhojraj
    Assistant Director
  • Uma Bhojraj
  • Ng Hui Fong (Charlotte)
    Assistant Producer
  • Novella
  • Uma Bhojraj
  • Ng Hui Fong (Charlotte)
  • Zach Kelly-Onett
    Audio Mixing
  • Zach Kelly-Onett
    Sound Track
  • Project Type:
    Animation, Student
  • Genres:
    Children, Fantasy, Animation, 2D Animation, Mental Health
  • Runtime:
    6 minutes 31 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    May 1, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    500 USD
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  • Student Project:
    Yes - LASALLE College of the Arts
Director Biography - Novella

Tankboy began with a question; why do we cry?

As I got more lost in that thought, I found myself drawing many many tears on my scrap paper. I wondered about how sadness is often treated as a negative experience. Tankboy intends to explore that sadness, and wishes to understand the complexity of human emotions. Ultimately, the film’s portrayal of sadness aims to evoke comforting emotions, strength and hope to the audience.

But the story is quirky and simple and magical. This is drawn from my personal preference for children’s picture books- something I read a bit too much in my free time.

They inspired me with their ability to speak to all audiences and their politeness and humility even when discussing heavy topics. They don’t always look for logic, yet find meaning in stories, and Tankboy follows suit.

As a filmmaker, I aim to explore even more free ways to tell a story that expresses human nature in its full honesty, that everyone can be a part of.

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