Private Project

The Quiet

When an astronaut ponders on the quietude of space, he comes upon a startling self-realisation.

The truth is written in the stars, but what will he uncover?

  • Radheya Jegatheva
  • Radheya Jegatheva
  • Jay Jay Jegathesan
  • Radheya Jegatheva
  • Jay Jay Jegathesan
    Key Cast
  • Radheya Jegatheva
    Music Composition
  • Radheya Jegatheva
  • Radheya Jegatheva
  • Radheya Jegatheva
    Sound Design
  • Jay Jay Jegathesan
  • Radheya Jegatheva
  • Karima Hoisan
    Translation - Spanish
  • Martina Zeiner
    Translation - German
  • Bruna Aguilar
    Translation - Portugese
  • Jay Jay Jegathesan
  • Project Type:
    Animation, Experimental, Short, Student
  • Genres:
    Narrative, Drama, animation, crime, childhood, mental health, dissociative amnesia, amnesia, psychogenic amnesia
  • Runtime:
    10 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    November 19, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    50 USD
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  • Student Project:
    Yes - Curtin University
Director Biography - Radheya Jegatheva

Radheya Jegatheva is an Oscar-qualified and AACTA-nominated filmmaker from Perth, Western Australia. Born in Malaysia at the turn of the century, Radheya’s films have have garnered 34 Academy Award-qualifying Festival selections. He has spoken to thousands of school students over the years with an aim to encourage young people about being involved in the arts, and his works have been used as an educational tool in schools and universities around the world.

His animated short film 'Bird Drone' was shortlisted for the Sony Future Filmmaker Awards. His short film ‘The Quiet’ was Oscar-qualified, landing on the longlist for the Academy Award for Best Short Animation in 2021. His live-action short ‘Pacing the Pool’ won Best Short Documentary at the BFI Future Film Festival 2023, and was shortlisted by the World Health Organisation for the Special Prize for Rehabilitation.

Radheya is passionate about film, and the value of using film and animation in educational and social development contexts. He has also animated and contributed to various large-scale multimedia installations and public projects, and performed animation and VFX work on Lynette Wallworth's ‘How to Live...’ which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival.


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Director Statement

'The Quiet' is very loosely based on a 2016 short story by the director titled 'Silence' which was the overall winner of the Mundaring National Youth Section for the KSP Speculative Fiction Awards and a High Commendation for the 2016 Rees Prize for Young Writers under the auspices of The Fellowship of Australian Writers WA.

Animation Software/plugins used: Adobe After Effects, Element 3D, VC Orb, Superluminal Stardust, Adobe Animate, Procreate, Zbrush, Blender, Adobe Premiere. A mixture of 2D, 3D, hand-drawn and rotoscope animation techniques were used.

I want to thank the amazing people who assisted with translating the film into other languages for the captioning:
Karima Hoisan (Spanish)
Martina Zeiner (German)
Bruna Aquilar & Virginia Tobar (Portugese - Brazilian)
Penelope Parx (Italian)
Iono Allen & Andre Le Deist (French)

Childrens voices heard at the 8 minute mark are of my brother Rahul and I aged 8 & 10 taken from old home videos my mum and dad had recorded.

I am very grateful to Diamond sponsor Dr Martin Kumar for his assistance in getting this film seen more widely.

Special thanks to Videocopilot (plugins - thank you for the software ‘VC Orb’ plugin among others), Visionary Fire (tutorials), and Video Realm Media (bought and licensed assets). Also thank you to NASA for use of various space imagery (public domain). "Milky Way", "Saturn" and "Saturn ring" by Solar System Scope is licensed under CC-BY 4.0.