Responsible for all aspects of production, from story, storyboarding, animation, backgrounds, compositing and more, this short film follows the story of Ava and her father, a carousel horse carver Phil as she discovers the magical carousels of New York City and the secrets they may keep. After all, wooden horses don't come to life, right?
Early Concept Art:
The film wanted to focus on Ava herself; finding ways to reflect her outgoing, curious, and active personality without any dialogue. As a rambunctious, earnest, and confident child, Ava's clothing and hairstyle reflect her desire to spend as little time as possible getting ready each day before skipping out the front door to explore the world while also allowing a degree of practicality with sometimes unpredictable NYC weather.
Ava lives with her father in a NYC town home neighborhood. With space as a premium, their living space also doubles as a wood carving studio. Phil's vehicle reflects his need to ship and repair carousel horses while still reflecting his warm, old fashioned personality. Ava's horse toy takes center stage in parts of the film, and while well loved also needed to project how much care Ava takes in keeping her plush toy in good condition like how her father takes care of his carved horses.
Backgrounds from film: