Why did this work win?

Each and every frame of the animation could stand as a piece of art on its own.

Judge Gordon Silveria

About the work

"be still, get up" is a visual diary that combines moments from real life and dreams, blurring the line between reality and fantasy.

Allison sought to create an experience that any viewer could identify with, even though the visuals were inspired purely by her personal memories and experiences. The result is a feeling of borrowed nostalgia from a sequence of snapshots – ones that are clearly so specific to her as the creator, and yet, simultaneously ambiguous enough in their presentation that anyone could feel an intimate connection.

be still, get up

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The animation was storyboarded before the start of the first semester, but as the project evolved, Allison says, "the exact feelings and memories I wanted to show changed as well. What I had initially planned to include was different than what I actually produced. It was an odd game of seeing how each memory affected one another in placement – a sad memory could be made to seem happy or peaceful, just because of the visual before it."


Making of

About siena

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Siena Mae Allison is a 2D/3D illustrator and animator, recently graduated from the Maryland Institute College of Art with a BFA in Illustration. She currently works as a Designer and Animator at Golden Wolf TV in New York, and maintains a freelance practice on the side. She loves fashion, video games, her friends, gasping and pointing at all of the beautiful New York dogs and dreaming of the day she has a puppy of her own.

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I've never created such a personal project before, let alone shared it. Thank you.