Lynt - A Mixed-Media Short Film

Story and Discourse Statement
Story and Discourse Statement

This is the written form of the story for my senior film. It's about a piece of lint living inside of a cardboard box of indeterminate size, struggling to save a tiny screw from unknown forces that are literally turning its world upside down, only to find out that happiness can be found in acceptance rather than resistance. This also explains how they film will be executed.

Character Design Inspiration
Character Design Inspiration

This is what I gave my character designer, the awesome Kelsey Norden, in order to design the main character for my film. I really like the "notes" I gave her.

Character Design Sketches
Character Design Sketches

After Kelsey went through a first round of rough designs, I started drawing the character myself. I started looking at actual pieces of lint and their consistency and color. Getting Lynt to actually look like lint was the next big obstacle that I had to get over.

Final Character Sheet
Final Character Sheet

This is the design that I settled on for Lynt. I needed to make a character not only that I could draw, but was appealing and fun to animate. I really liked the minimalist aesthetic that I was going for, so what's more minimal than three spheres and some lines? I really like how much fun it has been animating this guy so far. This thing is really going to be cool.

Mood Paintings
Mood Paintings

I did a drawing in photoshop that would be later used as reference for the final look for the film. I originally wanted to go for a much darker and strange tone for the film, and so I looked at Kōji Yamamura's "A Country Doctor" for color and compositional reference. You can see at the bottom what I took reference from specifically.

Second Draft Animatic
First Draft Animatic

This was an animatic for the original, more existential tone of the film that I came up with. I decided later that I'd rather do something more fun and with a little more heart.

After scrapping my first take on the film, I came up with a more character-based approach that still rang true to my original themes that I wanted to cover, but in a more emotional and comedic context.

A piece of lint living inside of a cardboard box struggles to save a reflective screw from unknown forces that are literally turning its world upside down, only to find that happiness can be found in acceptance rather than resistance.

Ever since my second grade teacher said to me, "Ryan, you are so creative that you could make a blockbuster film out of a piece of lint!" I have been excited and obsessed with the process of making something amazing out of nothing. While Lynt is by no means a blockbuster, it is the culmination of my education at the Savannah College of Art and Design as an undergraduate student of Animation.