The short film “To This Day” is more like a peace of art than an animated short film. Filled with an explosion of colourful expressions of pain and suffering, tragedy and triumph. This short sets out to further explore the profound and lasting impact that bullying can have on an individual. The project is based on the spoken word poem written by Shane Koyczan (shanekoyczan.com) called “To This Day” which follows the story of three school kids that have undergone three separate events in their life, some more tragic than others but they all have one thing that had a far lasting impression in their lives and that is the common bully. This short animated project was designed to help schools and families in desperate need of a new methods of raising awareness and confronting this problem directly. Focused on giving these schools a starting point, the team set out on this momentous and yet noble mission of providing a message that will have a far reaching and long lasting effect in confronting bullying. I believe they have done just that. This was a large collaborative effort especially on the animation side of things. Animators and motion artists from all over brought their unique styles to the table with different artistic angles. Each artist provided a short 20 second segments which were threaded into one fluid voice like five fingers come together to deliver a mighty punch! Similarly this short film deals a fatal blow by exposing the full effects of bullying.
To This Day Project calling card
From a technical point of view: overall this is a solid piece of work with a strong monologue. It’s well delivered although I preferred the straight talking monologue. I feel it held more weight than the rapping. Again this is just my preference Ok so this brings me to the animation. But instead of talking about the many different styles of animation showcased in this short film, I would like to highlight the beautiful way in which these individual clips were brought together to make a seamless transition of one single message. This collaborative volunteer effort demonstrates what a community of caring individuals are capable of when they come together. Thank you guys for your valuable contribution to the film community.