“Beast” has screened at Film Invasion LA, Denver Underground Film Festival, and Capital City Film Festival and is currently available on Vimeo.com and Film Shortage.com. “Beast” is a short film about two sisters. When a destructive force comes between them, it threatens their relationship and their lives. The story is inspired by the complicated dynamics of such an intimate relationship, and how those dynamics can change over time. It focuses on the experience of the younger sister, and her struggle to contain and control the negative emotions that threaten to overwhelm her.
Beast’s style is realized through a combination of live action performance and stop-motion animation. The blend of these distinct mediums is echoed by a blending of classic and contemporary formal elements to further reflect the contrasts between childhood and adolescence. Disney animated classics "Cinderella" and "Alice in Wonderland", and Tim Burton’s "James and the Giant Peach" serve as main references to evoke the beauty and softness of youthful fantasies. The classic aesthetic of these works served as a main inspiration for Beast’s cinematography and production design. Heavy filtration and filmic grain give the images a vintage feel, and the muted palette and arced shape of the attic set replicates antique styles. The contemporary works of Eva Hesse and Cindy Sherman inspired the stop-motion animation design and art direction. The faded yellow color and semi-translucency of Eva Hesse’s “Sans II” and "Sans Tire" inspired the shape and color of the spider’s skin and spindled legs. Sherman’s aggressive composition and grotesque props in her “Untitled (#175)” and "Queen of Hearts" inspired collage details of spilt, gooey, messy makeup and a severely clogged shower drain.