First Flight is my Senior Film, from concept to the final product, I have been working on it for a total of 7 months. Each frame of animation is a brush pen drawing on paper and the backgrounds were done in watercolor graphite. Everything is digitally compiled in After Effects.
This film is very personal to me. The theme at the core of this narrative can be applied to a good many experiences and situations, but for me it is inspired by my feelings in moving from childhood to adulthood as well as the stresses and worries that come with graduating and going out into “the real world.” The main character, Kia, is a young kestrel girl testing her wings for the first time. She is a character I have put a lot of myself into, my experiences, my emotions, and my situation at present. I’m thankful that I’ve always had the support of my family, especially my parents, which I certainly took inspiration from for the mother bird character, Aria.
If there is one thing I am very happy with about this film, it is that through the long amount of time I spent on it I stayed true to myself and really made this film my own. The combination of the medium, the animation and art style, the themes, and the characters come together to make a film that I feel confident in calling my own.
I hope you will all enjoy First Flight~