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Striving for Soap Opera Perfection in Hand-Drawn ‘Novela’

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Novela

Logline: “Novela” is a frame-by-frame animation about a woman who tries to emulate the life of her favorite soap opera protagonist.

Elevator Pitch:

Bruna Massadas, a Brazilian-American artist based in Los Angeles, is working on developing her first animated short film titled “Novela.”

The film tells the story of Julia, a woman who realizes her life is not like the life of Jasmine Rose, her favorite soap opera star. In an effort to “fix” herself, Julia tries to be more like the woman on the screen.

To create “Novela,” Massadas will go through the process of hand drawing every frame, scanning these frames, and ultimately animating hundreds of drawings between the opening title and the end credits.

Production Team:

Director/Artist/Writer: Bruna Massadas

About the Film:
The project is based on her experience of watching literally thousands of hours of soap operas, especially between ages 7 and 17, which defined how she viewed herself as a woman. When asked about her motivation to make Novela, Massadas says: “the woman on the screen was always better than me. The woman on the screen is never depressed; she eats pizza and looks amazing. She is wanted 24 hours a day. The experience of witnessing a seemingly perfect life on the screen made me feel incomplete. Reality fell short compared to fiction.”

Current Status: Fundraising.

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