Sea of Freedom

Sea of Freedom

by utsala on 31 May 2022 for Rookie Awards 2022

Inspired by historical events, follow the story of a young woman escaping communist Vietnam to Australia by boat, in the hope of building a new future for her family.

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Inspired by historical events, this short film tells the story of a young woman escaping communist Vietnam on a boat. Accompanied by her brothers and a family heirloom, she makes her way to Australia to find hope and build a new future for her family. This docu-drama uses real-time animation (Unreal Engine) combined with style transfer technology (Ebsynth) to create a narrative driven short film in the style of Vietnamese silk painting.

The Story Behind 'Sea of Freedom'

As part of the Master of Animation and Visualisation we were challenged to develop creative project ideas based on emerging visualisation technologies.

After multiple ideation sessions working as a collaborative cohort, we decided to explore real-time animation techniques using digital assets such as meta-humans. We then combined these with style transfer technology (Ebsynth) to create a film in the style of Vietnamese silk painting.

We’re proud of what we were able to achieve technically with the creation of 'Sea of Freedom', but also to share the emotional story it tells, inspired by lived experience from the families of students at the Academy.

Meet The Team

As the collaborative group project from the Masters of Animation and Visualisation students at the UTS Animal Logic Academy, the 3D animated short film 'Sea of Freedom' has been developed from the story idea, through all stages of production by the student group under the guidance of the team of Leads who direct and supervise the development and production of the project.

Digital Artists - Albert Latham , Aleksandra Korinnaja, Andrew (Wen Xin) Pu, Brian Nguyen, Caitlyn Charlin, Catherine Williams, Chris Simon, Edgar Hirai, Eric Kim, Helena Todd, Henley (Heng) Zhao, Irfaan Alam, Jacinta Su, Jasper Goodrich, Jessica Fernandez, John (Tongzhou) Li, Jovan Tomasevic, Keiren Jolly, Lok Sang Ho, Mikhail Singh, Minh Nguyen, Nieminy Nian, Paul Hitchenson, Rafael de Lima, Saif Khan, Samantha Sheppard, Sameer Ahmed, Sean Turner, Tom (Baocheng) Xu and Vicky (Bingxin) Hu

Producer – Joseph Shankar

Sound – Nina Longfellow, Jade Sorensen

Music – Nina Longfellow, Jade Sorensen

Writers – UTS Animal Logic Academy Students 2021

Technology Used

Hardware Dell Precision Tower T7810

Software Photoshop, Maya, Substance Painter, Houdini, ZBrush, Katana, Renderman, Nuke, Davinci Resolve, After Effects, Premiere Pro, Ebsynth, Unreal Engine

Process View

From concept to completion, see the world of 'Sea of Freedom' come to life!


Final Film

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