For years, Finn and Natalie walked the same path. But when their time together comes to an end, Finn finds himself lost in a mysterious land. Paralyzed by the fear of moving on, he is at risk of losing himself. Through self-discovery, Finn must gather the strength to forge a new way forward.
2 years ago I joined onto another short film project called Sonder and earlier this year we completed the “short” film (it’s 14 minutes long). Since then, Sonder has been in various film festivals and winning all kinds of awards. We now qualify for Oscar nominations! Last week, our film has finally been released online for all the world to see. It’s been getting a lot of views and many great reviews. I hope everyone enjoys the film!
Working on Sonder was an interesting experience in that we made it in Unity. Unity is originally built for games but we wanted to use its fast render engine to our advantage. As Unity lacked a lot of tools that we are typically used to in actual film production, a lot of tools had to be built for us to be able to create the finished images that everyone sees; shout out to Jean Moreno! I was in charge of master lighting a sequence and then I took them to shot lighting. Additionally, I did some R&D look development for dappled lighting in the forests.
Another interesting factor is that we had artists from all around the world. We uploaded our work to a SVN so that the files can be shared across and used Zoom to hold our meetings. We were heavily invested in making sure our film not only gets finished but looks amazing. There were numerous meetings throughout the week and often late at nights (due to people having to work) and lasting for many hours. This only speaks to our dedication!