The building across the street

The rapid pace of urban development creates a unique and almost magical atmosphere in the city, which can sometimes be overwhelming. This magic can be found in the way the city incorporates fragments of the village, as well as in the unexpectedness of finding abandoned buildings a midst all the activity. This has given rise to a new and exciting way of life: urban adventure. Urban exploration acts as a bridge, connecting our nostalgia for the past with a more thoughtful approach to future urban development.
In these abandoned buildings, wild plants are able to grow freely, lending the space endless vitality. The symbiotic relationship between these plants and the buildings creates an entirely new environment and a vision of what the future may hold. Through the use of two-dimensional, frame-by-frame animation, we can examine the context of rapid urbanization, where plants become a source of salvation for humanity and evoke feelings of warmth and nostalgia for the past.

  • Ruzhuo Qian
  • Ruzhuo Qian
  • Kemei Cheng
  • Zhuo Chen
  • Shu Zhou
  • Wenhan Li
    Key Cast
    "Xiao Li"
    Voice Actor
  • Project Type:
    Animation, Short, Student
  • Runtime:
    2 minutes 50 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    May 31, 2023
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  • Student Project:
    Yes - Central Academy of Fine Arts
  • Graduation Exhibition of Central Academy of Fine Arts
    May 20, 2023
  • Jinan
    June 22, 2023
Director Biography - Ruzhuo Qian

Born in Shanxi Province, China in 1999.
Graduated from the Fine Arts School Affiliated to China Central Academy of Fine Arts in 2019.
Graduated from the Central Academy of Fine Arts in 2023.

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Director Statement

Love painting and love life, Cats who like black.