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Interview with Jean Liang, director of short film Happy Unhappy


Jean Liang Interview with Jean Liang, director of short film Happy Unhappy Interview with Jean Liang, director of short film Happy Unhappy Jean Liang

„Sometimes we are happy, sometimes we are unhappy. Alex the cat falls victim to the criticisms of the everyday, and struggles to find happiness in his life.

An animated student short film made during an 8 month study period at Sheridan College”


What does animation mean for you?

Animation means I can tell stories through visuals that are sometimes too abstract or hard to explain. It’s a chance to connect to people without language, like having a conversation but through emotions instead of words.

From whom did you learn animation?

I learned how to animate while studying at Sheridan College in their animation program. It is a 4 year Bachelors degree program.

What projects have you worked on?

I’ve worked on a short film with a small team called Fists of Finance, and I’m currently a background painter for some unreleased tv shows.

Music: Babak Taghinia
Sound Design: Steven Roberts
Mentor: Stephen Barnes
Animation colourists and assistants: Michelle Soong, Jessica Jing, Valerie Garnace, Katherine de Vries, Aisha Ghali, Izabella Abreu, Xin Wu, Melissa Chin, Keenan Goncalves, Victor Reno, Lucy Feng, Derek Desierto, Masae Seki, Shirley Liang
Software used: Photoshop CS6 and CS5.5, Premiere pro, Aftereffects, Toonboom Harmony

How would you describe Happy Unhappy?

A little bit upsetting, sort of distant and a little abrasive, but has a happy ending I think.

What is the message of the film?

I guess I just realized that life is really simple even though we think it’s quite complicated. The title sums it all up quite nicely 🙂

What kind of animated films do you like?

I really like Whisper of the Heart and Princess Mononoke from Studio Ghibli. I also like films from independent film makers like Please Say Something by David O’reilly as well as Will (directors cut) by Eusong Lee. I love films that make me feel like I’m a small part of one big thing. I also like films that transport me to new worlds or into a different time.

What future projects do you have?

I’m currently freelancing, and taking part in some themed art shows in LA. The latest one is called MEATBALL HEAD it’s an art show celebrating Sailor Moon, and it’s happening in August.

What would you like to do in life that you couldn’t do it because of lack of time, resources, etc..?

I think I would like to sleep more, and wander more. I really wish time machines existed haha.


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