I directed and animated Vernal Equinox as my fourth year thesis film at Sheridan College.
This film is about a legendary warrior confronts the god of winter on top of a frozen lake. This god devoured the spirit of spring and thus the world has lived in darkness for centuries. An epic battle ensues between man and god.
My inspiration is taken from the infamous Canadian winter. What if the winter never left our land? Will there be a warrior to stand up against the beast of winter and bring back the vibrant spring? Based on this idea, I tried to tell a poetic story that is innovative and original.
The message behind my story is that our fears can be defeated. In order to deliver this message in an engaging and entertaining way, I chose to do a film within the action-adventure genre. Animation is all about simplicity and clarity; within one and half minutes, I have done my best to tell a traditional three-act story, a hero’s journey without any dialogue. I also tried to push the boundaries of the medium by combining the traditional Chinese painting style with 3D effects and backgrounds.
Last, but not least, creating this film was a journey of exploration, and I have learnt more about myself and my capabilities as an artist by going through the trials that have led me to where I am today.
KATIE CHATS with Director HAIWEI HOU about her film, "VERNAL EQUINOX," at TIFVA (TORONTO INTERNATIONAL FILM & VIDEO AWARDS): WOMEN IN FILM at THE BIG PICTURE CINEMA in Toronto, Ontario
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