A trapped moth struggles to escape in this haunting 16mm short by Tokyo-based director Mackenzie Sheppard (previously featured here):

“We wanted to use the scale and helplessness of the moth as an analogy to humans. Like a moth to light, we all helplessly cling to technology for life support without knowing the outcome. Moths find themselves in a similar state of overstimulation that we do. A state of overstimulation that eventually leads to a fatigued-techno-daze. Leading us to disconnect, de-realize, and depersonalize from the world around us.”


Kai Hoshino Sandy
Louis Rault Watanabe
Anam Sekiguchi
Nozomi de Lencquesaing
Mari Yamamoto
Mioko Thanzuiye

Directed by Mackenzie Sheppard
Director of Photography: Oliver Millar
Co-Producer: Kai Sandy of Mothco.
Composer: Schallbauer
Music Executive Producer: Thomas Seuss
Music House: Audioforce
Film Scanning: Peter Hagge & Norm Li
Stylist: Remi Takenouchi
VFX Post Production: PLATIGE Image
CG Supervisor: Cezary Albiński
Executive Producer: Zicz
CG Producer: Katarzyna Banasiuk
Model: Artur Borkowski
Rigg: Pawel Szczęsny
Track: Piotr Borowski, Pavel Uliashka
Animation: Agata Staszczuk
Fur: Grzegorz Jankowski
Rendering: Tomasz Dziedzic
Compositing: Pavel Uliashka
Online: Mariusz Seliga


This is just one of the many fantastic submissions we’ve received in the past week. Consider participating here if you have a project you’d like us to check out!

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