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Light Drifter

Light Drifter by Yu-Ting Cheng is a 2D animation that uses a flowing pastel and watercolor style to tell a poetic visual narrative based on the filmmaker’s childhood nighttime sleepwalks. Created at the intersection of dreams and reality, the audience is lead on an imaginary journey through mysterious spaces that are shaped by light.

  • Yu-Ting Cheng
  • Chase Hawley
  • Project Type:
    Animation, Short, Student
  • Genres:
    Fantasy, Dream, Children, Fear
  • Runtime:
    3 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    May 25, 2016
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
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Director Biography - Yu-Ting Cheng

Yu Ting Cheng received an M.F.A. in Computer Art with a concentration in 2D animation from the School of Visual Art in New York (2016). Her creative and animation practice includes computer animation, concept design and storyboard design for visual concept development. She has worked as a 2D animation assistant at Bill Plympton Studios in New York (2015) and as an assistant instructor in stop motion, animation and watercolors at Taipei Contemporary Art Association, Taiwan (2013).

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Director Statement

I’m a dreamer. In my 2D animation Light Drifter, I invite the viewer into my dream world through a visual mélange of watercolor and illustration. As a child in rural Taiwan, I played and drew in my grandfather’s garden. Surrounded by farms and animals, I recorded what I saw. Light Drifter is a visual narrative of my dreams realized in a surreal world populated by monsters, birds, fish and magical creatures.
For me, reality and dreams can merge. In the imagination of a child, the boundaries between the known and unknown are fluid. Ever since I was young, I have sought to share this mysterious reality with others. Light Drifter, a story of an impish creature who ventures into the seemingly friendly mouth of a monster, invites a suspension of logic as the viewer enjoys a tour of the unknown.
As a child, I remember being startled and disoriented by the darkness as I awoke from my frequent nighttime sleepwalks. Light Drifter is a visual response to lessen the fears associated with these early nightmares. Through a strong use of light, I transform unpredictable and intriguing shapes into candy that lures the viewer. Ku Yan-Ren, a Taiwanese watercolorist has remarked, “Each stroke and color in Yu Ting’s work reveals her powerful imagination. Visual discoveries await her viewers.” Through my inventive use of color, I convey a positive energy to the world.