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Belonging: FIRE

Belonging is a series of journeys into the emotional lives of MetaHumans.

In this episode, a dutiful son finally marshals the courage to confront his father, leave the family business, and pursue his passion for the arts.

Directed, animated and edited by Brazilian motion capture animator, Frederico Junqueira. Starring Eric Bear. Produced under the SAG•AFTRA micro-budget project agreement.

BACKGROUND: Isolated during quarantine, tech entrepreneur and actor, Eric Bear, craved connection and creative collaboration. He assembled a team of animators and filmmakers from around the world to explore what might be possible using performance capture and Epic Games’ MetaHumans for Unreal Engine. They embarked on a fully-remote experiment aimed at answering the following questions: Can virtual people effectively express authentic emotions? Can audiences be touched, moved and inspired by performances captured using free software and off-the-shelf hardware? Can multiple artists direct, shoot and produce high-quality episodes from their home studios during a global pandemic?

10 episodes. 10 directors. 25 MetaHumans. 3 live actors. 3 voice actors. 1 engine. Lots of love.

  • Frederico Junqueira
    NBA2k22, Tony the Tiger
  • Eric Bear
    The HyperWatt Conspiracy
  • Eric Bear
    The HyperWatt Conspiracy
  • Nikki Levy
    OMG!, Don't Tell My Mother
  • Rebecca Miller
  • Eric Bear
    Key Cast
    "David / Yarom"
    Annie Hall, Yellowstone:1883
  • Janna Bear
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
    Animation, Experimental, Short, Television, Web / New Media
  • Genres:
  • Runtime:
    4 minutes 5 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    July 1, 2022
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
  • Shooting Format:
    Motion Capture via Unreal Engine
  • Aspect Ratio:
  • Film Color:
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • Flickers' Rhode Island International Film Festival 2022
    Providence, Rhode Island
    United States
  • Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival 2022
    Fort Lauderdale
    United States
    Official Selection
Director Biography - Frederico Junqueira

Fred is a Brazilian 3D animator and mocap director based in Nashville, TN. Passionate about theater and technology, Fred combines his unique perspective from both sides of the camera in his work and is a firm believer in pushing creative boundaries. In 2013 Fred co-founded Brazil’s first mocap studio, Hero Live, where he spent over 6 years directing commercial and audiovisual projects for some of Brazil’s largest national brands. Most recently he worked as a facial animator at CounterPunch Studios for the NBA 2K22 title and Kellogg’s Tony the Tiger, and studied with renowned industry professionals to expand his skillset in previsualization, character animation, and performance capture directing and acting.

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Director Statement

Eric Bear [EXECUTIVE PRODUCER & SERIES LEAD] is a classically-trained film actor known for a meme-generating role in “Annie Hall” and recurring on the Yellowstone prequel “1883” on Paramount+.

As a kinesthetic artist, Bear specializes in primate motion capture and authentic, grounded expression. Prior to returning to filmmaking, Bear was a tech entrepreneur known for creating award-winning interactive media (e.g., Best Animation at SXSW Interactive 1999).

Bear’s invention of seamless video expansion in 1994 was popularized by "The Matrix” – enabling DVD viewers to “follow the white rabbit” to access behind the scenes footage. This technology has been licensed to all major motion picture studios in the USA and top consumer electronics companies in the world. Bear’s 100+ hardware and software patents also include body-based solutions to motion sickness in virtual reality. Products based on Bear’s inventions are in use every day by millions of people and thousands of companies.

Bear is a partner at Capital Factory Ventures and the founder of HyperWatt® Productions.

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