Short Films

My short films, completed during my education at the UCLA Animation Workshop. Enjoy:

Velo Hoot from Mary Lai on Vimeo.
A fuzzy owl has a grand day planned for the apple of his eye. Unfortunately, these plans are dashed! Or are they? Thesis film at the UCLA Animation Workshop, 2010. Recipient of the Matt Groening Initiative award. Awarded Best Animation award at The UCLA Animation Film Festival, Prom 2010. Story, character design, animation, background paintings by Mary J. Lai Music score by Joe Trapanese. Sound design by plyvinyl.

dream(drēm)n. from Mary Lai on Vimeo.
A small, lone blackbird lives a troubled life between a dark reality and even darker dreams. Featured in UCLA's Festival of Creative Work 2010, Directors Spotlight. My second year film, hand drawn layout and keys on paper, animated, ink & paint in TVPaint. Music score by Joe Trapanese. Sound design by plyvinyl :) ©2009 Mary J. Lai

A little girl in the park could use some ice cream to perk up her boring summer day, but it comes with a big surprise... My first year film at UCLA! All traditionally animated, down to the ink on paper. It was then scanned in and composited in TVPaint and AfterEffects. Huge thanks to plyvinyl for sound, and my TA Jo Meuris and friend Chanya Hetayothin for their infinite patience in guiding my first foray into AE.