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Belonging: ROSALINE

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

This episode is a comedically reimagined excerpt from Shakespeare’s “Love’s Labour’s Lost” (1590). Set in the Navarre space colony, a down-with-love noble finds himself besmitten.

Directed, animated and edited by Luke Hill. Starring Eric Bear and Carly Christopher. 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.

  • Luke Hill
    Ghostfinders, Mirror Valley
  • William Shakespeare
    Love's Labour's Lost
  • Eric Bear
    The HyperWatt Conspiracy
  • Nikki Levy
    OMG!, Don't Tell My Mother
  • Rebecca Miller
  • Eric Bear
    Key Cast
    Annie Hall, Yellowstone:1883
  • Carly Christopher
    Key Cast
    The Price of Fame, Murder Made Me Famous
  • Project Type:
    Animation, Experimental, Short, Television, Web / New Media
  • Genres:
    Sci-Fi, Romance, Comedy
  • Runtime:
    5 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    June 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:
  • London-Worldwide Comedy Short Film Festival 2022
    United Kingdom
    Honourable Mention
  • Flickers' Rhode Island International Film Festival 2022
    Providence, Rhode Island
    United States
  • Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival 2022
    Fort Lauderdale
    United States
    Official Selection
  • Montreal International Animation Film Festival - ANIMAZE 2022
    Official Selection
Director Biography - Luke Hill

Luke Hill is an Austin, TX based director, writer, and actor with a rich and varied resume; from producing and filming television in India to working as a traveling entertainer in Europe and the Middle East. While primarily working in live production, Luke has recently turned his focus to animation, creating the Mirror Valley animated stories YouTube channel. When he is not working on a project, he spends his time helping others as an acting teacher and mindfulness coach.

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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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