Masc

A ghost tries to go about their morning by putting on a mask, but their discontent complicates their ordinary routine.

  • Leila Mullison
    Director
  • Tony Dlugosz
    Composer
  • Project Type:
    Animation, Short, Student
  • Genres:
    LGBTQ, Stop-Motion, Drama
  • Runtime:
    5 minutes 19 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    September 30, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    100 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    Yes
  • Student Project:
    Yes
  • Stamps Undergraduate Juried Exhibition
    Ann Arbor, Michigan
    United States
    November 22, 2019
    World Premiere
    Guy Palazzola Memorial Award
  • Oregon Short Film Festival Winter 2020
    Portland, Oregon
    United States
    February 19, 2020
    Oregon Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Austin Micro Short Film Festival 2020
    Austin, Texas
    United States
    September 14, 2020
    Texas Premiere
    Best Animated Film Award Finalist
  • 2021 Great Lakes International Film Festival
    Erie, PA
    United States
    September 24, 2020
    Pennsylvania Premiere
  • Los Angeles Queer Film Festival
    Los Angeles
    United States
    June 25, 2020
    California Premiere
Director Biography - Leila Mullison

Leila is BFA student in the University of Michigan' class of 2021. Their study has focused on stop-motion animation and storytelling. After graduation, Leila will continue telling important stories through animation.

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Director Statement

Masc comes from my own experiences with gender. Trying to present to fit the norms feels like being a ghost, fading into the background behind a façade for the outside world. Like the character in the film, I found my truth somewhere between the two extremes.

The allegory of Masc works beyond gender. Society is full of binary thinking, painting issues as black-and-white when most things exist as a shade of grey. This short film is dedicated to all the people who exist between or outside of society's binaries.