"In Plain Sight"

Neela has lived on her lighthouse island for her entire life, while Devin is a nomad who with a gift wants to encourage her to see the world out there for herself. It takes that one gift for Neela to leave, and discover not only herself on the journey, but also what she wanted all along - which was always in plain sight for her.

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The film focuses on Neela, and her journey of self-discovery as she travels a path completely her own, using a spyglass she is gifted by Devin. The spyglass represents the spark of courage Devin is giving her, as well as her not-so-secret romantic feelings. In the end, she realises that although she wants to travel, it is with Devin by her side, who happens to come to terms with her own feelings at the same time.

"In Plain Sight" is a 2D digital animation, and the culmination of Marta Kwasniewska's study at Sheffield Hallam University, being her graduation film. The film has strong LGBTQ+ themes, as Marta Kwasniewska wanted to make a film normalising LGBTQ+ relationships, as well as female lead characters, while wanting to make the film still family friendly. 

Director: Marta Kwasniewska

Animator: Marta Kwasniewska

Character Design: Marta Kwasniewska

Backgrounds: Marta Kwasniewska

Composer: Delilah Ferry-Swainson

Screenings and Awards

FINALIST Malmo International LGBTQ+ Short Film Festival

Screenings

2018 SHU Animation Degree Show, Sheffield, UK (May 30)

2018 Sheffield Institute of Arts Degree Show, Sheffield, UK (May 9-22)

2018 Screentest: The National Student Film Festival, London, UK (October 19-21)

2018 Lobo Fest - Festival Internacional de Filmes, Brasil (November 27)

2019 The Borehamwood International Film Festival, Borehamwood, UK (February 1)

2019 Malmo International LGBTQ+ Short Film Festival, Malmo, Sweden (February 16)

2019 Beer Town Film Festival, Burton on Trent, UK (June 8)

2019 Abbotsfold Film Festival, Abbotsfold, UK (August 17)

Press Kit

Genre: Animation

Year of production: 2018

BW/ Colour: Colour

Running Time: 2 minutes 41 seconds (00:02:41:00)

Screening Format: DCP, Full HD 1920x1080

Aspect Ratio: 1920x1080, 16:9

Sound: Stereo

Director and Distribution: Marta Kwasniewska

Address: 20 Saxon Street, S63 0DN, Thurnscoe, England

Telephone: (+44) 7713 760406

Email: martakwasniewska23@gmail.com

Website: www.martanimate.com

Film Website: www.martanimate.com/inplainsightfilm

Film Trailer:  https://vimeo.com/266206857

Full Film (password protected): https://vimeo.com/271552928

“In Plain Sight” Short Synopsis:

Neela learns that sometimes to you have to leave and let go, to figure out what you really wanted was right in front of you.

“In Plain Sight” Medium Synopsis:

Neela has lived on her lighthouse island for her entire life, while Devin is a nomad who with a gift wants to encourage her to see the world out there for herself. It takes that one gift for Neela to leave, and discover not only herself on the journey, but also what she wanted all along - which was always in plain sight for her.

“In Plain Sight” Long Synopsis and Treatment:

Neela has lived on her lighthouse island for her entire life, while Devin is a nomad who with a gift wants to encourage her to see the world out there for herself. It takes that one gift for Neela to leave, and discover not only herself on the journey, but also what she wanted all along - which was always in plain sight for her.

The film focuses on Neela, and her journey of self-discovery as she travels a path completely her own, using a spyglass she is gifted by Devin. The spyglass represents the spark of courage Devin is giving her, as well as her not-so-secret romantic feelings. In the end, she realises that although she wants to travel, it is with Devin by her side, who happens to come to terms with her own feelings at the same time.

"In Plain Sight" is a 2D digital animation, and the culmination of Marta Kwasniewska's study at Sheffield Hallam University, being her graduation film. The film has strong LGBTQ+ themes, as Marta Kwasniewska wanted to make a film normalising LGBTQ+ relationships, as well as female lead characters, while wanting to make the film still family friendly. 

Production Credits

Director: Marta Kwasniewska

Animator: Marta Kwasniewska

Character Design: Marta Kwasniewska

Composer: Delilah Ferry-Swainson

Animation Technique: 2D Drawn Animation, ToonBoom Harmony Advanced Animation, Photoshop CC

Marta Kwasniewska Filmography

2018 In Plain Sight (DCP, Full HD, 2 mins 41 sec)

2017 Growth (DCP, Full HD, 2 mins 30 sec)

Marta Kwasniewska Biography

Marta Kwasniewska is an award winning animator, and illustrator based in Sheffield. She has recently graduated with a Masters in Animation from Sheffield Hallam University. In 2017, she won the Nick Park Award, as well as the Best in Show Award at the Sheffield Institute of Arts for her short film ‘Growth’.

Stills & Poster - https://goo.gl/Z3AP3g

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