2022 - 2023 (work-in-progress)

Synopsis : A man and a woman are seated in a seadside café facing each other. And the traces of their emotions and memories pass by in their mind along the sound of the wave. It is a panorama of a single universe coming and dispersing like a wave.
And the last conversation at the cafe is left behind like a remnant of the wave.


The Things Left Behind (working title) is an animated short film with hand-drawn animation, incorporating 2D digital technique.

This project will reveal the complex psychology involved in the moment of an emotional end of a relationship. It will express the common emotions such as grief, frustration that we may have in our life from a relationship. It will focus on the characters’ individual mindset and emotion and showing a certain mood, rather than following a clear and linear storyline. I aim to form a poetic and atmospheric narrative structure to make the audience to have a stronger emotional bond with the film and to be more immersed into characters’ emotions.

The main aim of this project is to lead the audience to have a unique cinematic experience of genre, of the cinematic tropes ‘romance’. Breaking up can happen without any particular overt reason. The emotional transition can be utterly invisible. As if there’s death in life that we need to embrace, there is a moment that we need to admit with silence where an emotion toward a certain person gradually fades aways. It is a panorama of a single universe dispersing in a part. I intend to visualize the emotional transition and the organic relationship between the memories during this frustrating moment.

The project will depict the inner layers of emotions manifested in the memories of each character. The main emotions I’d like to express are the subtle ones, conveyed through body language, and abstracted and remembered scenes. It will focus on the characters’ individual mindset and emotion and showing a certain mood, rather than following a clear and linear storyline.

The Things Left Behind consists of 3 chapters; The emotions and memories about the room that the lovers used to share, the memories of the objects in the room, and the words that the couple has for the last at a coffeeshop.