Next up is BFA Animation senior Leonardi Guzman, whose animated thriller Parasite is screening in the fest. “Working on my film this year my goal was to focus on creating something that the audience engages with visually and emotionally,” he tells SVA Close Up.
Guzman credits Alien as being a major influence on his work. “That film made such an impact on my creative life because it took me to places emotionally that made me connect with the characters’ emotional state,” he says. “The sounds and atmosphere created the space for the creature to make the impact that it did on me. For me sound design is as important for the emotional aspect of storytelling as the visuals. That is why when I storyboard a scene for a film I take all those things into account.”