Let’s Pretend! (2020)
Directed by Jessica Edge
Life is perfect for this three-year-old boy; he loves his mother so much. But – what? She’s having another baby? Will Mum ever have time for him again? Adapting to the new arrival will be tough for Boy, but eventually worthwhile.
Let’s Pretend! is an animated music video directed and animated by Jessica Edge. It is a student film made in 2019 (finished in 2020) as part of the Bachelor of Design (Honours) in Animation at University of Technology, Sydney.
It was made using a mix of hand-drawn crayon stop-motion frames and 2D computer hybrid techniques.
This animation explores the relationship between a young boy and his pregnant Mum. Jessica is influenced by her own experiences growing up as a big sister, and her love of drawing from a young age.
What starts as a brightly coloured celebration of childhood creativity using crayon drawings soon becomes a fast paced imaginative story told from the perspective of a three year old child.
As characters begin to learn how to get along, the viewer is hopefully reminded of cherished memories of loved ones.
The Making of… Let’s Pretend! Zine
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