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Project of the Day: Stunning Animation of a Pianist Who Loses His Ability to Play

Project of the Day: Stunning Animation of a Pianist Who Loses His Ability to Play

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When Sunny Gets Blue

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And odd journey with odd characters might be exactly what a jazz pianist who can’t play anymore need to gain new hope for life
Elevator Pitch:

Jonathan, a jazz pianist, lost his ability to play due to an injury. After sinking into a dark place, giving up on life and music, an odd journey with odd characters, might be exactly what he needs to gain new hope for life. It is a magic realism story, with a touch of noir and whimsical attitude, which sprang from the filmmaker’s own personal experience with hand injury.

Production Team:

Writer/Director: Oded Naaman
Producers: Cristina Pascotto, Aina Seguì, Ariana Villalobos
Director of Photography: Anthony DeRose
Assistant Director: Yves Bouzaglo

About the Production:

“This is my thesis film for the Columbia University Film MFA program.  It is the story of Jonathan, a jazz pianist who suffers from an ongoing stress injury in both his hands, which prevents him from playing the piano.  It was inspired by my own personal experience with repetitive stress injury. Much like the character in the film I went into a dark place thinking that I can no longer be as before.  That moment of complete hopelessness, thinking you have lost everything that illustrates who you are and what you do is the core emotional arc of this story.” — Oded Naaman

Current Status:


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