SCREENING DATE: SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 17TH 2016
TIME: 7:00 PM | SHORT FILMS BLOCK 9
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A lonely woman becomes embraced by a fantastic garden only to learn the importance of keeping beauty intact.
Daniel Olivas was born a triplet in San Diego and became an animator. He is an artist currently attending UCLA to pursue his MFA in animation. Olivas attained his BA’s in Film Studies and Art Studio at UC Davis with a minor in music.
In addition, Olivas participated in developing and conceiving various community-based murals. After co-finding ASUCDs Aggie Public Arts Committee, he became chair and held that position to put on exhibitions, community building events, and group murals.
While Olivas’ emphasis is in stop motion, he constantly pushes his abilities in traditional and contemporary media. Olivas continues to develop his professional career with personal subject matter to connect with others; utilizing movement as visual poetry to express beauty, tragedy and love.
As a filmmaker, I’m driven to show moments that make you appreciate what it means to be alive. While this film is driven by the fantastic and the surreal, it’s important to me for animation to connect to reality. There is beauty in death and even though life can be so brief and unpredictable, every moment is special. Representing death is a tool of understanding loss and showing that grief is an pivotal and important emotion to feel. Even though we see Morose alone in the beginning, loneliness hurts most when you lose something.