Private Project

When We Sleep

"When We Sleep" is about a star child named Tauri going through and experiencing the dreams of different people.

A voice calls out to the darkness, asking “What do you dream about?”, awakening the main character Tauri. It is then that the voice of a child can be heard answering the question, and thus begins Tauri’s adventure. As different people begin summarizing their dreams, the world around Tauri shifts to coincide with each one. At the end of Tauri’s journey, they are greeted by a red giant as the voice of an elderly woman tells the final dream of the film.

  • Alanna Johnson
  • Christine Quezada
  • Gaby Dollahite
    Art Director
  • Elliott Fairbanks
    Storyboard Artist
  • Riley Pariseau
    3D Animation Lead
  • Annalise Gormley
    2D Animation Lead
  • Erin Rigby
    2D Animators
  • Claire Wootson
    2D Animators
  • Max Richey
    Assistant Producer
  • Jenna Coley
    Social Media Manager and Visual Development
  • Paul Esposito
    Layout Artists
  • Anush Bhavsar
    Layout Artists
  • Emily Johnson
    2D Effects Animators
  • Sierra Gudmin
    2D Effects Animators
  • Faith Campbell
    2D Cleanup Artists
  • Jessica Lomonaco
    2D Cleanup Artists
  • Benji Mann
    2D Cleanup Artists
  • Al Stoots
    2D Cleanup Artists
  • Rohan Gnaniah
    Stop-Motion Animators
  • Lilianna Martinez
    Stop-Motion Animators
  • Shanqing Jiang
    3D Rigger
  • Ryle Sammut
    3D Animator
  • Crissa Woods
    3D Animator
  • Valencia Jones
    3D Animator and Assistant 3D Compositor
  • Zachary Passarelli
    3D Animator and Assistant 3D Compositor
  • Jerilyn Tennison
    3D CFX Artist
  • Haley Cargo
    3D Texture Artists
  • Heather Marra
    3D Texture Artists
  • Bella Khoury
    3D Lighters
  • Ethan Nasiff
    3D Lighters
  • Ciara Radwell
    Sound Supervisor
  • Gwen Gitto
    Sound Designer
  • James Kirby
  • Sarah Via
    2D Compositor
  • Nico Ramirez
    3D Compositor
  • Project Type:
    Animation, Experimental, Short, Student
  • Genres:
  • Runtime:
    3 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    May 12, 2023
  • Production Budget:
    0 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Language:
    English, Spanish
  • Shooting Format:
    2K MP4, FHD 1080p DCP
  • Aspect Ratio:
  • Film Color:
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
    Yes - Savannah College of Art and Design
Director Biography - Alanna Johnson

Alanna Johnson is the director for When We Sleep. Their curiosity for different mediums and styles led them to creating a
hybrid film where they assisted wherever they could. While contributing to the 2D animation, they also helped with the stop
motion stage, storyboards, layouts, and compositing. When
they’re not working on the film, they enjoy playing Splatoon
with friends and catching up on sleep.

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Director Statement

"When I first came up with the idea, it was going to include only the people closest to me, acting as a love letter to them and thanking them for allowing me in their life and their mind. I think one of the best ways to glance into someone’s thoughts and perspective in life is through their dreams, even if some of them are weird. I wanted to extend this experience to my crew members, not only for them to be able to learn a little about someone close to them, but also to be able to hear the dreams of people we’ve never met and connect with each other in a different way. This film is not only personal to me, but to everyone involved. It took a lot of trial and error to make everything flow in a way that made sense, but I think our collective skills and curiosities have shined through to make something truly amazing. I hope everyone who watches this film is able to find their own meaning in it and find a new appreciation for those around them, both when we’re awake and when we sleep.”