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In a dark, baroque-inspired mansion lined with extravagant and bizzare ornaments, a young girl succumbs to the allure of embellished beauty and heedlessly reconstructs herself into a human doll. Remnants was made using traditional animation methods with both hand-drawn frames and digitally-composed colours and textures.


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Remnants is a story about the relationship between the self and the external world. I often wonder if our identity is really who we are, or is it merely just choices we've made on how we choose to represent what we believe is ideal? How much of it is really what we want? Or are we merely changing ourselves, either consciously or unconsciously, under the influences and pressures from our society?

Doll parts are interchangeable because dolls feel no pain when you dismember and replace them, but many people today go through great risk and pains to change their own body parts that they are dissatisfied with. It would be my intent to encourage people, particularly women, of all ages and and nationalities to reflect upon this issue of self image. When it comes to beauty and perfecting oneself, how much is “too much?” Who defines what is “good” enough and who defines the definition of beauty? Every one’s interpretation is different, so how is it possible for us to please every single person? When we change our appearance, is it for our own pleasure, or is it to belong in society or to please somebody else? How much of ourselves do we have to change and when does it end? I want this film to evoke from my audience thoughts and experiences they have had in relation to these subjects.

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