Developed during the pandemic, Terrarium reflects on feelings of isolation, and the critical relationship that humans have with our environment. Terrarium imagines a world in which humans wear helmets that remove themselves from other people, natural elements, and ultimately to the world as a whole. Terrarium is a mixed-medium film, made using digital illustrations, traditional animation with pencil on paper, stop-motion collage elements, and
motion graphics.

  • Victoria Cruell
  • Project Type:
    Animation, Experimental, Short, Student
  • Genres:
    Experimental, Mixed-Media, Collage, Traditional Media, Nature, Environmentalism
  • Runtime:
    3 minutes 6 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    June 5, 2023
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
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  • Student Project:
    Yes - University of Southern California
Director Biography - Victoria Cruell

From a young age, Victoria has been captured by hand drawn animation and the magic of making a character come to life. Her early interests have lead her to pursue extensive education in animation studies. She attended college in North Carolina, where she is originally from, at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts where she earned her BFA in Filmmaking, with an Animation concentration. In 2021, she earned a Certificate of Achievement from Gobelins, l'école de l'image, after being accepted into their 2D Animation Online Summer School. Most recently, she completed her MFA degree in Animation and Digital Arts at the University of Southern California.

Victoria is excited by any project that gives her the opportunity to draw and paint. She enjoys narratives which are heartfelt and psychological, which reflect the inner-emotional experience. She likes using her art to capture a character’s personal moments and emotional states. In her work, she often creates stories which stimulate self-reflection. Her goal as a storyteller is to create characters and worlds that are relatable and believable to her audiences, and to tell stories that authentically portray diverse perspectives, empowering both women and underrepresented communities. She hopes to one day reach a place where she can share her art with audiences through a wide variety of creative outlets, and work on a series of impactful projects which touch people’s hearts.

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