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Homebody: A hermit both fears and longs for the outside world

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If you’ve ever struggled with choosing between pursuing the unknown and embracing the familiar… if you’ve imagined the exhilaration of taking risks and embarking on adventures beyond the safety of everyday life, but haven’t done it yet, this animation might feel familiar.

Listen to the thoughts of a hermit who both fears and longs for the outside world. Animator Sophia Du explores that emotional tug-of-war between curiosity, contentment, fear, courage, worry, initiative, and imagination in Homebody (2022), her BFA2 animated short film at CalArts.

contented homebody
facing a dragon
thinking about adventuring
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