Soar – by Alyce Tzue
A young girl must help a tiny boy pilot fly home before it's too late.
Soar is the story of a young girl Mara who dreams of one day building airplanes. She builds these model planes in the countryside, trying again and again to make them fly, but fails every time. That is, until a miniature pilot drops out of the sky. The boy’s fantastic flying contraption is broken, and Mara is the only one who can return him to the sky before it’s too late.
A cross between Miyazaki and Pixar, Soar is the 3D short animation film born from the creative mind of Alyce Tzue, a student of the Academy of Art University (San Francisco). It is also something more: a simple idea becoming an ambitious project. As the director says, more than the writing, storyboarding, and directing, it was extremely important an help with everything else, including visual development, modeling, rigging, animation, surfacing, lighting, compositing, branding, graphics, music, sound and so on. Normally, in a real studio, one two two people would probably be able to handle each of those aspects: for example Pixar could probably produce a short film in a year with a team of 10 people. Soar needed, ideed, more than 100 people which have contributed in their way. It was diffucult to make the art of a 100 students with different styles look coherent. Tzue managed it mantaining a stilistic and narrative cohesion.
Soar takes us back to the childood when we have less experience of world and we still look at things with different prospectives and shades of meaning. This is not an experimental short. The style, in fact, is somewhere between realistic and caricatured. Everything is realized with greater perfection and care as the teaching of great master of animation, such as Studio Ghibli.
What began as a toil of love by first-time filmmakers ended up catching the eyes of festivals all over the world. Soar is the proud 2015 Gold Winner of the 42nd Student Oscars, Best Student Animation Winner at Palm Springs International Film Festival, Finalist at the Student BAFTAs, and many other candidacy.comments powered by Disqus