I made a mermaid! I love mermaids.
My second animation in AfterEffects.
Last night was a blur of happy amazing positive feelings for me.
When I was in New York, and got the chance to meet Carmen Carrara, I remember saying out loud to friends, “If I somehow find a way to meet Laverne Cox as well this year, my life will be made.”
Not even a week later, Danielle had tickets for us to see Laverne on her campus tour, performing “My Journey to Womanhood”. And not only that, but Melissa was a darling angel and got us VIP passes to meet her after the show.
I feel very grateful to have been given the opportunity to meet Laverne and listen to her speak, and to have been able to give her something I made, something from the heart. She’s a very important person, not only to me, but to countless others and she’s someone who I see as an agent of change. Her ability to speak with clarity, positivity, and humour on difficult subjects inspires me hugely. We aren’t alone in this world. One human act can one day affect all. ♡
The cultures which inspired Avatar: The Last Airbender
- Air Nomads - The Monasteries of Tibet
- Water Tribe - The Inuit
- Earth Kingdom - Imperial China
- Fire Nation - Pre-Meiji Japan
This is something that slips past the Western viewers- it looks like it’s reaching out for Chihiro, in a malicious way, to the Western viewers. It’s what I thought growing up.
However, now, that I know that it’s a way of signalling for someone to ‘Come here!’ in Japan, the scene takes on a whole new meaning.
That spirit knows that if Chihiro doesn’t eat the food, she will disappear. And it knows if it offers the food, she cannot be cursed as a gluttonous pig because it wouldn’t have been stolen.
Just a unique take when you have all of the context.
And also, the red lanterns spell out ‘おいで’ which translates to “Come here” or “Come in” :)