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In The Waves

The very short but magical moment we passed

In The Waves (2015) - Official Trailer from YF Shen on Vimeo.

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A tie-dye fabric animation that narrates the beginning of life from a microscopic perspective.


Project Statement

In The Waves is a non-narrative experimental short film inspired by my pregnancy in 2014. The changes in my body and mind made me feel immense interest in the initial starting point of life and so I began to work on depicting the passing of this brief, but magical moment.

The animation is created out of textile. Unlike most of my past works, I approached this project without a preconceived visual outcome. A tie-dye creation process served to sketch out the idea: the beginning of life. The fabrics became visual records that were transformed throughout the animation process. During production, I altered and restructured the imagery with light and movement, adjusting both the fabric and the light to manipulate the forms. Lighting from the front highlighted the overall patterns, while placing the fabrics on a self-made light box maximized the contrast caused by the different textures, emphasizing individual threads. Working with a self-made light box allowed me freedom in adjusting the intensity and position of the backlighting, which, in turn, helped create movement and supported the change of scenes. Once a desired scene emerged from these manipulations, I worked intensively to explore and hone the corresponding movements, as well as to draw attention to the essence of the subject.

The creative process of this work fused my interest in painting and animating, and resulted in a tone with vibrant colors and almost absurd actions - aptly revealing my imagined understanding of the magical and intangible moment.

In addition to the material and method, this experiment incorporated narrative perspective in another sense. I invited Professor Antonio Garcia - a musician specializing in both instrumental and vocal genres - to share his approach to the theme through the creation of a soundtrack. Unlike traditional means of animation scoring, where the music works to nearly mimic the finalized motions of the characters, we decided to let the soundtrack have a distinct voice. Neither the exact story nor the concepts associated with each scene were divulged to Garcia. Instead, he was exposed to the animation when it was only halfway completed, at which point he started to brainstorm the mood of the narration. This very first score became a catalyst for unveiling the subsequent scenes that had not been animated. With 90% of the animation completed, Garcia and I had a dialogue concerning its meaning. After this conversation, he finished scoring the entire film and returned it to me for a final retouching of the visuals.

In The Waves was completed in late 2015, and had its world premiere later at Animax Skopje Fest (Skopje, Republic of Macedonia). It has been named an official selection and screened at film festivals worldwide, including those in Bogotá, Rio de Janeiro, Lancashire, Taos, México City, Taipei, and many other cities.



Antonio J. García: music / sound design
Ying-Fang Shen: animation / script


Jury’s Citation Award. Black Maria Film Festival, Jersey City, NJ, 2017

Best Experimental Short film. The Americas Film Festival NY. New York, NY, 2016

Audience Award. Azores Fringe Festival, Azores, Portugal, 2016

Jury Award for Creative Achievement. Arizona International Film Festival, Tucson, AZ, 2016

Platinum Remi Award. Worldfest Houston. Houston, TX, 2016.

2nd Place: Best Film - North America, Environmental Film - Professionals. Anim!Arte, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 2015


Juried Exhibition / Film Festival Official Selections

International Nature Image Festival (FIIN), Vila Real, Portugal. Nov. 2017

Short Film Roosendaal Festival, Roosendaal, Netherlands. Sep. 29 - Oct 1, 2017

Black Maria Film Festival’s 36th Annual Tour, Anthology Film Archives, New York, NY. Sep. 23, 2017

Black Maria Film Festival’s 36th Annual Tour, The Paramount, Charlottesville, VA. June 23, 2017

Black Maria Film Festival’s 36th Annual Tour, A. Harry Moore School, Jersey City, NJ. May 25, 2017

Short Filmfestival Roosendaal. Roosendaal Netherlands, Sep. 29 - Oct. 1, 2017

Black Maria Film Festival. Jersey City, NJ. 2017

James River Short Films. Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, VA. Dec. 2, 2016

20th Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival. Toronto, Canada, Nov. 8 - 18; Richmond Hill, Canada, Nov. 19, 2016

EKADESHMA International Short Film Festival, Nepal. Nov. 11- 13

16th Kansas International Film Festival. Overland Park, KS, Nov. 4-10, 2016

Edinburgh Short Film Festival. Edinburgh, UK, Oct. 26 - Nov. 6, 2016

27th New Orleans Film Festival. New Orleans, LA, Oct 12–20, 2016

14th Tallgrass Film Festival. Wichita, Kansas, Oct. 12-16, 2016

11th Animatou - International Animated Film Festival in Geneva. Geneva, Switzerland, Oct 6 - 15, 2016

15th Urban Mediamakers Film Festival. Norcross, GA, Oct 6-11, 2016

28th Girona Film Festival / Festival de Cinema de Girona, Experimental Section. Girona, Span, Sep 28 - Oct 1.

Bienal Internacional de Video y Cine Contemporaneo Videofest. Mexicali, Mexico, Sept. 18 - 24, 2016

4th Portland Film Festival. Portland, OR, Aug 29 - Sep 5, 2016

3rd IndiEarth Animation Film Festival. Madhuravoyal, India, Aug 26-28, 2016

25th Woods Hole Film Festival. Woods Hole, MA. Jul 30 - Aug 6, 2016

13th Free Range Film Festival. Wrenshall, MN, Jul 29-30, 2016

10th Sax International Film Festival. Sax, Spain, Jul 1-29, 2016

Free State Festival, Lawrence Arts Center, Lawrence, KS, Jun 20 - 25, 2016

Sunderland Shorts Film Festival, Sunderland, UK, Jun 30 - Jul 3, 2016

Lawrence Arts Center's Free State Festival, Lawrence, KS, Jun 20 - 25, 2016

6th Festival Alto Vicentino. Santorso, Italy, , Jun 14-19, 2016

3rd The Americas Film Festival NY. New York, NY, Jun 9-17, 2016,

4th Azores Fringe Festival, Azores, Portugal, Jun 1-30, 2016

Incorto Festival, México City, Mexico, Jun 2016

10th River Film Festival, Padova, Italy, May 28 - Jun 11, 2016

Near Nazareth Festival. Afula, Israel, May 18-30, 2016

18th backup_festival, Weimar, Germany, May 18 - 22, 2016

Nemzetközi Természetfilm Fesztivál / International Nature Film Festival. Gödöllő, Hungary, May 14 - 17, 2016

14th Urban Nomad Film Fest, Taipei, Taiwan, May 12 - 22, 2016

10th Pennine Film Festival, Accrington, Lancashire, UK, May 6 - 8, 2016

HP Lovecraft Film Festival, San Pedro, CA, Apr 29 - May 1, 2016

VAFI - International Children and Youth Animation Film Festival Varaždin, Partner, Israel, Apr 19 - 24, 2016

25th Arizona International Film Festival, Tucson, AZ. Apr 14 - May 1, 2016

49th Worldfest Houston. Houston, TX. Apr 8-17, 2016

Taos Shortz, Taos, NM, Apr 7 - 10, 2016

Richmond International Film Festival, Richmond, VA. March 3 - 6, 2016

Delete TV, broadcast at C31 Melbourne, Australia. Feb 28 - May 22, 2016

14th Hollywood Reel Independent Film Festival, Los Angeles - Hollywood, CA. Feb 18 - 27, 2016

New Waves 2016, Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art, Virginia Beach, VA. Jan 29 - Apr 17, 2016

Mica International Film Festival, Manaus, Brazil. Jan 10 - 16, 2016

5th Pune Short Film Festival, Maharashtra, India. Dec 25 - 27, 2015

Anim!Arte - Profissionais Filme Ambiental, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Dec 7 - 12, 2015

Hong Kong Arthouse Film Festival 2015, Winter edition. Web. Dec 2015

8º Festival Internacional de CineArte para niños y niñas / International ArtFilm-Festival, Bogotá, Colombia. Nov 29 - Dec 6, 2015

Nile's Diaspora International Film Festival, Kampala Uganda. Nov 23 - 25, 2015

6th Animax Skopje Fest, Skopje, Republic of Macedonia. Nov 5 - 8, 2015

Roma Cinema DOC, web. Oct 2015


Non-juried Exhibition

Mama Made Exhibition, The Elizabeth Holden Art Gallery, Warren Wilson College. Nov, 2 - Dec. 8, 2017

OSMOSIS Media Festival, Taipei & Kaohsiung, Taiwan, Aug 18-21, 26-28, 2016


Collections / Others

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