Jenny further explains, “Both Celia and I experienced feelings of not quite fitting in and feeling socially claustrophobic in our hometown of Helsinki.” Looking back on their early steps into adulthood with retrospect, the two friends fondly remember the old anxieties that seem funny now, as well as the silly behaviours from a distant time. They decided to make a film about this aspect of life, at the film’s core, playing out the moment you realise that other people’s opinions about you don’t matter so much, “as long as you know who you are and that you love yourself.”
With a tiny budget in their back pocket, €3000 to be precise – which may seem a lot, but really isn’t given the pain staking time animation sucks up – Jenny got to work on the film. She worked for about two months on the project full time, and another two on the side. Sketched out first with pencil on paper, then a layer of acrylic paint, unusually, Jenny made the short without an animatic nor a regular storyboard. Instead, she created a number of test GIFs which she timed in accordance with the voice over, before adding certain sound effects to further convey a certain atmosphere or emotion.
In turn, the end result is a joyful three-and-a-half-minute film brimming with humorous quirks and energetic brush strokes. The jolty movements only add to the expressiveness of each character, not to mention the nostalgic storyline of being a self conscious young person making their way in the world, albeit very clumsily. Full of hilarious observations, from “the sea of Adidas stripes” to the horror of leaving a party on your own, the fast paced short earned a very well deserved Vimeo staff pick earlier this month. So without further ado, what are you waiting for, give it a watch and above all, enjoy.