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ALONE

Our world is on the brink… A new earth-like planet is discovered deep in the darkness of interstellar space and to get there it would take a journey longer than any human lifespan could reach.  

Gathering the worlds most influential and beautiful minds, “Kepler,” an artificially intelligent robot, is sent out on a lonely mission into the blackness of space in hopes of reaching our new potential home… 

Before it’s too late… 

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The story... 

Our world is on the brink… A new earth-like planet is discovered deep in the darkness of interstellar space and to get there it would take a journey longer than any human lifespan could reach.  

Gathering the worlds most influential and beautiful minds, “Kepler,” an artificially intelligent robot, is sent out on a lonely mission into the blackness of space in hopes of reaching our new potential home… 

Before it’s too late… 

One of the technical backgrounds from the project that demonstrates how close attention detail is packed within this short film.

One of the technical backgrounds from the project that demonstrates how close attention detail is packed within this short film.

Rough animation layout drawing from the short film.

Rough animation layout drawing from the short film.

STATEMENT

When Kepler 186F was discovered; curiosity sparked the question of how we could possibly get there and would we be around to when we make contact.  ALONE is a short film which explores our emotional journey while traveling deep into interstellar space and the unknown. 

The short film is also an experimental piece exploring the power of lighting and composition - which is often taken for granted in traditional hand drawn animation - and music to drive an emotional progression via the skillful hands of the artists involved.  It pays homage to the cinematic genius of Stanley Kubrick and technical prowess of Katsuhiro Otomo.  

ALONE is a film unlike any other hand drawn animated work that is destined to leave an impact on audiences worldwide.

Rough animation layout drawing from the short film.

Rough animation layout drawing from the short film.

ABOUT

Is a 3 minute short film produced, directed and animated by Esteban Valdez.

Assistant to Esteban - Meike Groh

Production Coordinator - Jyeesha Wilson
Production Assistant - Kim Mneice

Backgrounds - Ivi Schlebach.  

Additional animation - Brad Lewis, Silas Caldwell, Maricel Piazza, Christian Cooper and Leonardo Bencosme.

Compositing - Jonathan Woodard