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Experimental Animation

Qianhui Yu

Qianhui Yu is an animation director, illustrator, creative visual designer living in London, who specialized in making character design and background design, also enthusiastic about making creative visual design practices. Graduated from Royal College of Art in 2020 with a MA in Animation, received Continuation Fund from Royal College of Art in 2019. She has painting and new media art educated background, achieved her BFA in Open Media Lab from China Academy of Art. 

Her works have been shown in film festivals and galleries around the world, selected Screening and Festival including Boil, Royal college of art, London(2019), The Elephant, Elephant, London(2019), Anilogue International Animation Festival, Budapest(2018), CutOut Fest International Animation and Digital Art Festival, Mexico(2018), Great Lakes International Shorts Festival,US(2019), Birmingham SciFi Con, Birmingham, (2018), 'South Phenomena: Center Gateway One' ShenZhen New Media Art Festival, ShenZhen(2016),10th Hangzhou Cultural and Creative Industry Exposition, Hangzhou(2016),'MEME CITY hacking realities' media art festival, Hangzhou(2015)

For all enquiries please email Qianhui.yu@network.rca.ac.uk

 

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Degree Details

School of Communication

Experimental Animation

While Qianhui was studying at RCA, she figured out her own visual style, colourful fantasy that is detailed and highly textured. Her graduation project 'Wastopia' is a 2d digital animation. She has also made an instagram filter for this program, feel free to try it in her account.

She created this 'Wastopia' world, as an otherworldly place inhibited by strange creatures, developing their own ecosystem and hierarchy in this narrative free exploration of human waste. She removed the main protagonist from the film, making the work's narrative less about that character and allowing the viewer’s relationship with the rubbish dump to be more direct. The aim of this film is not only to raise her own awareness of environmental pollution, also others. The issues of waste disposal and food waste are just one of the ways mankind is causing harm and leaving the earth ruined. However, the devastating result of the pollution is something most people don't see everyday, yet it is happening in the real time. She finished this project on laptop in her London flat during the Coronavirus crisis, which encountered countless technical troubles but slowly resolved them eventually. 

Her interest lies in creatures and nature, surreal fantasy, future materials, minority issues or people, along with creative methods such as illustration, animation, photography, graphic design, filters. For the future practice, on one hand she will continue develope her current visual style and character design, and also has intentions to continue making work that deals with environmental issues.



 


Wastopia
'Wastopia' is a short animated film exploring the issues surrounding global attitudes to waste disposal and the environment pollution the inevitably follows.

The film indicates a visual journey based on an otherworldly place inhibited by strange creatures and the products of what humans discard.

Find out more info in https://www.qianhuiyu.com/wastopia

Medium:

video

In Collaboration with:

Music composer
Sound designer & mixer
2dAnimationcharacter designDigital Artenvironmentenvironment pollutionfood wasteglobal crisisIllustrationnaturewaste disposalZero-waste
Falling egg

Falling egg

Resting food

Resting food

Banana Family

Banana Family

Bird Machine and Jelly

Bird Machine and Jelly

Wastopia citizens

Freakshow Comic

3the tulips in the Wastopia

Medium:

Gif, illustration

Size:

Variable
1 Day in Bodyland

The Bodyland

The ear world

Ear world outside whole view

Nose tunnel entrance whole view

Nose Tunnel (handdrawn on transparent paper )

Unused Script (an 'oil painting' about Bacteria and his fantasy)

Body Map

This is my experimental animation practice in my first year studyed in Royal college of art(2019).

Story begins with a bacteria lives inside a girl's ear, who is getting sick of his horrible life and starts his journey to the outside world. However, all his beautiful fantasy about the outside world is a lie after he arrives, something horrible is waiting for him..




Inspired by an old science fiction film ‘The Incredible Shrinking Man’. I was thinking about the self-identification, everything exists for its own meaning, even a bacteria, and human is just a bacteria to the universe. Sometimes when we done something magnificent, it is actually humble to others , and the world still goes on turning. But no matter how small you are, you are still matter to the universe, ‘To god, there is no zero’.



In the other hand, I want to make a creative representation of microcosm and macrocosm. When the bacteria is out in the real world, he starts to realize his insignificance. We are given a view of humanity's place in the universe. The final scene is an imaginative portrait of the balance between the macrocosm and the microcosm. We are all just bacteria to the world.

Find out more info in https://www.qianhuiyu.com/patterns

Medium:

video

Size:

03:25

In Collaboration with:

Sound design/mixing

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