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Opening Night

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A man reflects on formative conflicts from his past with optimism, gratitude, and a little music.

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Credits:

Animator, Director, Composer: Margaret Bialis
Sound Designer: Joey DeFabio
Voiceover Recordist: Brett Rossiter
Singers: Roy Curiale, Nicholas Kiepura, Jasmin Ralph, Nathan Herbst, Megan Luckett, Andrea Torres
Voice Actors: John Bialis, Tyler Merideth, Becky Keeshin

Awards:

"BEST STUDENT FILM": Animation Block Party 2018
"SPECIAL MENTION": 54th Chicago International Film Festival
"BEST ANIMATED FILM", "BEST SOUND DESIGN", "AUDIENCE CHOICE AWARD", "JUDGE'S CHOICE AWARD", "JURY AWARD": DePaul University Premiere Film Festival
"STUDENT CHOICE AWARD": Indie Shorts International Film Festival
"SEMIFINALIST": Los Angeles Cinefest
"SPECIAL MENTION": Global Shorts

Official Selections:

Animation Block Party 2018
42nd Big Muddy Film Festival
Chicago Feminist Film Festival 2019
54th Chicago International Film Festival
DePaul University Premiere Film Festival 2018
DC Shorts Film Festival 2018
1st Dumbo Film Festival
Flatpack Film Festival 2019
Global Shorts 2019
Heartland International Film Festival 2018
Indie Memphis Film Festival 2018
Indie Shorts International Film Festival 2018
KLIK! Amsterdam Animation Festival 2018
KloosterKino 24th Edition
Los Angeles Cinefest 2018
Malt Adult #10

Extras:

54th Chicago International Film Festival Education Screenings
KLIK! Midnight Madness Screening
Malt Adult #8
Sinema Obscura Presents "Animation: Images Intended to Confound and Delight"
Purdue University "Best Of" Chicago Feminist Film Festival Screening
Sinema Obscura CANTV Series 2

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Opening night like: opening up! Ah. Got it. And all those little glimpses... really was more than I expected it to be. Introspective and entertaining both, and even more so as expressive as it is.

Feels like I might've learned something from this too.

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Good work as far as drawing style and audio, but I couldn't watch it without noticing how incredibly boring and repetative it gets after the 2nd audio loop. You have talent, but the horrible writing and editing made this hardly watchable.

Excellent stuff all the way through.

I'm not surprised this won all those awards. The animation and the song are both hell of smooth.

I enjoyed the idea and the execution: showing a lot of information in this emotionally transparent way, and then gradually building a context around it. It gave me just enough to predict what was going to happen, and then the release came when it did. Most people do everything in their power to not be this open and vulnerable, so I found the transparency of the characters' songs to be comedic. The "loving yourself" make-out joke was too predictable for my taste and had the opposite effect of a punchline, so if pure comedy was your goal I'd keep that in mind. It would have been interesting to see a different take on loving yourself than just making out with yourself. Great use of colors, and the animation was fluid, but could be more believably weighted. Nice work overall, and congrats on all the success your team had with this.

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Score
3.49 / 5.00

Uploaded
Apr 30, 2019
10:00 AM EDT
Genre
Comedy - Original
Tags
  • Daily 3rd Place May 1, 2019