art, design & story
Alone inside a dark forest, a woman struggles to separate herself from her wild environment—in denial of the fact that she, too, is wild.
In my latest animated film FERUS (which means “wild” in Latin), I wanted to discuss the darker side of humanity's relationship with nature. I feel that we sometimes fear the natural world around us, often viewing "wildness" as a threat. In an attempt to maintain a sense of power and control, we work constantly to separate nature from our daily lives. But should we?
Though the conversation may be challenging, I hope this film inspires its viewers to reflect upon the inevitability of nature, our conflicted relationship with it, and the futility with which we attempt to control it.
WRITER, DIRECTOR, PRODUCER, ANIMATOR: Heather Langley
COMPOSER: Stephen A. Spies
MENTOR: Joshua Taback
SOUND MIXER: Eric Cappello
FOLEY ARTIST: Michael Lyle
FOLEY MIXER: Matthew J. Mondrick
AWARDS & OFFICIAL SELECTIONS
Finalist, CINE Golden Eagle Award for Student and Youth Media (September 2017)
Best in Show: UCLA Festival of Animation (June 2017)
Recipient of the Matt Groening Initiative (May 2016)
Recipient of the National Association of Theater Owners of CA/NV fellowship in film (June 2016)
Official selection: Taos Shortz Film Fest - Taos, New Mexico
Official selection: Newport Beach Film Festival - Newport Beach, California
Official selection: San Francisco Frozen Film Festival - San Francisco, California
Official selection: Animaze - Montreal International Animation Film Festival - Montreal, Canada
Official selection: Regal Animation Showcase - Bathgate, Scotland