Elliot is a short animation film made by my friend, Dennis Kim. He attends Penn studying film, but for the next 2 years, he will be serving in the Korean military.

When I first watched this film, I mostly thought it was just a cute love story (although in the end it wasn’t really about love). After watching it again, I realize how interesting the idea of the machine is. It can project images that you are thinking in real time and you can collaborate with others to make other great designs, characters, and images. It’s like you are in your own world and “speaking your own language.” The idea that art is its own language intrigued me. (I wish I could ask Dennis more about what his thought process behind this film was, but it looks like I’ll have to wait a couple years.)

In this film, Elliot the elephant learns this language and creates experiences that influences him more than words can speak. Sure, when Ellie left, it was heartbreaking for him, but through these experiences he learned more about life in general. Now everything he sees is full of life and color. The film shows how you can interact with art in a transforming way.


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