RAY’S GREAT ESCAPE – Jie Weng (China, 2018)

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RAY’S GREAT ESCAPE – Jie Weng (China, 2018)

Ray is a little monster who lives on the edge of a volcano that is about to erupt, which pushes him to find a way to move his house. From being accustomed to earthquakes to wishing to take away all his beloved objects, Ray experiences a painful struggle in his heart. In the end, with his wisdom and hands, he transformes his wooden house into a small boat and embarkes on the adventure of a long road. In this poem-like short film, the simple and lovely Ray not only brings us laughter but also brings us the courage to choose a new life in order to face a new environment.

Jie Weng was born in an artistic family. Influenced by his father, an oil painter, he started to learn drawing from a very young age. He majored in sculpting in college, but he always felt that it was not something he meant to do.

During his exchange study in the United States, Jie met Dan Krall, who did the character design for Coraline by Henry Selick, and found his true passion: stop motion. After that, he taught himself animation, produced two stop motion shorts, and founded his own stop motion studio: Realwood Studios.

Realwood Studios have grown to be one of the best stop motion studios in China. Directed by Jie, the team has completed several animated shorts and won numerous awards from all over the world.

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