Experimental Short, 3min 40sec

A short story about two unlikely friends saying goodbye. A young man named Charles just lost his home. He spends one last day with his best friend, a sea turtle, before moving on.

This graduation project was made while at the Kyoto University of Art and Design. It brings together a lot of the research I had done over the three years I spent in Kyoto, and is based abstractly on my own experiences living in Japan. Most of the concepts relate somehow to my experiences, friends, foods, things I saw, and things I felt over this time; in particular the idea of saying goodbye to close friends.

Directed by
Eric Bates

Puppeteer/ Sound Editing

Sky Paintings
Yuki Murabayashi

Lacquer Transfer Textures
Judith Umana

Motion Tracking Assistant
Jeon Tae Hwan

3D Stereo Consultant
Masayoshi Arimoto
Taisei Enterprise

Media Services
Kasuo Hirose
Kazuyoshi Tsuji
Shineisha Company

Special Thanks
Ayumi Bates

Yasu Suzuka
Hirokazu Sato
Masahiro Kashima
Robert Boland
Kyoto University of Art

6 thoughts on “Sayonara

  1. Kay Ausi wmn on trm

    I loved it & cried. Using the tram is part of what I do to try to preserve our world for your son and my grandsons, and all the generations to follow. Also, public transport enables me to meet interesting people from all over the world.
    Keep up the good work Eric.

  2. paul krause

    Hi Eric

    Just finished your tutorial on AE-Tuts….Terrific job. Added a few new insights to my work in AE.

    Loved Sayonara. An inspirational story told well. Congratulations.

  3. Arlend

    Beauty! I love it, what a great short! Touching on many levels. The last shot is killer with the hand drawn splash! Interesting that you dropped it after the credits start rolling. Great work man!!

    • admin

      Hey thanks Arlend, glad you enjoyed it. Yeah, I thought it might be more interesting if the last thing the viewer saw was a piece of the story rather than the credits. That last shot seems to leave a lasting impression with people, so maybe the idea worked. It was the last shot I did on the short, and I was actually pretty surprised seeing it rendered for the first time. Anyways, thanks again mate!


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