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A SHADOW'S GLOW

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In a world where light and shadow are personified, a creature of shadow must journey across his dark homeland to return a young spirit of light back to his home. On his journey, he must battle the elements, his own people, and his instincts as a creature of shadow.

A Shadow's Glow is a 2D animated short film produced at Savannah College of Art and Design, directed by Josh Mizrahi and Cole Fourqurean. Utilizing the integration of 2D character rigs, 2D hand-drawn FX animation, and moody visuals, A Shadow's Glow  tells a heartfelt, but bittersweet story between the two lead characters. It is a visual testament that we can all strive to be better than we were yesterday, and keep moving forward. 

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Film Festivals

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AltFF Alternative Film Festival

December 27, 2023

Winner, Best Action/Adventure Short

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DisOrient Asian American Film Festival

Virtual, March 11-17, 2024

Nominated, Best Animation

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Boston Underground Film Festival

Boston MA, March 20-24, 2024

Selected

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Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival

Minneapolis MN, April 11-25, 2024

Selected

VC Film Fest (fka LAAPFF)

Los Angeles CA, May 1-11, 2024

Selected

Science Fiction and Fantasy Short Film Festival

Seattle WA, June 1-2, 2024

Selected

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New York City Independent Film Festival

New York NY, June 4-8, 2024

Selected

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Meet the Team

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Director

Josh Mizrahi 

The story of A Shadow’s Glow was created to showcase the journey that people may take as they pursue their dreams and aspirations. No matter what obstacles stand in your way or whatever the outcome may be, to keep pushing forward to reach that light at the end of the tunnel: a dream. This is also why the style of the film was chosen. Having such concrete and contrasting ideas and visuals was perfect for showing how one may go against the grain and achieve their goals. While this is just one interpretation, I hope that audiences find their own meaning and inspiration from our film!

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Producer

Allison Witzmann

Taking the Role as Producer on this film was a total privilege. I love having the ability to provide my Artistic talents as well as be there for the extremely talented team. This film has great representation of overworking oneself for a larger goal, like most of us, over working and risking everything we have for a a career in the arts. It's a relatable story to all and it was an honor to be a part of.

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Compositor 

Annie Ingham

Being a compositor means you are in charge of turning an already gorgeous piece of work into a more complete and stunning project to watch. Having the ability to be the Lead Compositor for this film was such a fun and insightful opportunity for me. It was also the first animated film I had ever worked on, so it is very dear to my heart. 

My main focus with the film was capturing the contrast between light and dark. It was also important to have Senka and Uri react accordingly to their environment and each other, giving off small glimpses of light in their sullen world as they reach for the sun. 

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Director

Cole Fourqurean 

A Shadow’s Glow is about growth. We all have these different sides of us: a dark shadow that hangs behind us but also protects us from the paths ahead and a light inside of us that guides our wonder. Life in a nutshell is about the bonding of these two sides. They come together in contrast to make each other brighter so that maybe, eventually the shadow can glow. We wanted to incorporate those themes into the style of the film having a sharp, hard world that reflects our main character juxtaposed to the roundness of Uri. It’s about how these shapes change, and I hope the audience can see that growth within themselves and the film. 

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FX Lead

Ke’Shaun Grant

A Shadow’s Glow is a technical marvel. Creating and workshopping the effects has been a great explorative process. The process and experimentation for Senka and Uri’s arm effects created a unique challenge to me. The FX for this film brought everything to life and I loved that I was a part of it. The film is not grandiose. It is a simple film with a simple story. And the simplicity of the story makes it feel cohesive.

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Credits

A Film By

Josh Mizrahi

Cole Fourquean


Produced By

Allison Witzmann


Composer

Jacob Bouie


Sound Designer

Sonia Uddin


Lead Compositor

Annie Ingham 


FX Animation Lead

Ke’Shaun Grant


Rig Consultant

Camille Rentz


Rig Designer

Finn Kulers


Production Assistant

Alison Fuehrer

Character Design

Yu-Fong Chen

Allison Witzmann

Braden Hagman

Marta Rocholl


Additional Character

Christian Solis

Sonia Uddin 


Prop Design

Allison Witzmann


Storyboard Artist

Yu-Fong Chen

Allison Witzmann


Background Artist

Allison Witzmann

Jennifer Garcia

Vanthy Vu

Teresa Vu

Batz Keen 

Felipe Barral-Secchi

Weiting (Vicky) Liu

Sarah Van Ess

Aileen Meiling Liu

Freddy Bendekgey

Alison Fuehrer


Additional Background

Dean Rudes

Finn Kulers

Christian Inmon

Selina Perez

Rough Animators

Jennifer Garcia

Darayell Wright 

Chima Shonaiya

Serena Wildman

Finn Kulers

Andrew Mottola

Christian Inmon

Branin W. Marshall

Sofia Gyger

Braden Hagman

Rickey Solomon

Sarah Van Ess

Alison Fuehrer

Thinh Quang Ngo

Harry Barnes

Jannah Manneh

Davia Williams

 

Additional Rough Animators

Mengwen Shen

Kaz Montero

Paul Trujilo 

Ihmil Herndon

Allison Witzmann

Marta Rocholl 


Rig Animators

Chima Shonaiya

Jannah Manneh

Serena Wildman

Andrew Mottola

Darayell Wright 

Christian Inmon

Branin W. Marshall

Sofia Gyger

Harry Barnes

Finn Kulers

Additional Rig Animators

Dean Rudes

Stephanie Chinwe Anokam


FX Animators

Serena Wildman

Christian Inmon

Candace Bigelow

Sofia Gyger

Thinh Quang Ngo

Roshaun Turner

Alex Villalpando

Darayell Wright

Andrew Mottola


Additional FX

John Yun

Bradley Emerson

Austin Zargoski 

Eugene Park

Yu-Fong Chen

Davia Williams

Clean-Up Artists

Lucas Pennell

Serena Wildman

Branin W. Marshall

Sofia Gyger

Eugene Park

Braden Hagman

Harry Barnes

Roshaun Turner

Colorists

Lucas Pennell

Candace Bigelow

Eugene Park

Braden Hagman

Branin W. Marshall

Harry Barnes

Roshaun Turner

 

Compositors

Waffles Lofton

Serena Wildman

Branin Marshall

Batz Keen

Dejay Pena


Motion Designer

Rose Holloway


Additional Help

Sharon Chen

Ethan Lavayne

Christian Solis

Ava Montelongo

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