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Bon Odori
Animation & Illustration

Bon Odori is a film that delves into the heart of Obon, a Japanese Buddhist festival that celebrates the memories of ancestors and loved ones who have passed away. The film's title, which translates to "Bon Dance," refers to the traditional folk dancing performed during the festival. Our story follows Kai, a young Japanese American boy grappling with the loss of his grandmother and trying to navigate his first Obon without her.

BFA Team:

Co-Director & Story Lead - Trent Osaki

Co-Director & Producer - Sally Thai

Visual Development Lead - Cherise Punzalan

Modeling & LookDev Lead - Caitlyn Bui

Technical Director - Hal Nguyen

Animation Lead - Fiona Rieta

Social Media Coordinator & Visual Development - Shivangi Patel

Visual Development - Elizabeth Yeung

Visual Development - Jennifer Kwon

Visual Development - Sunny Liu

3D Animator - Amelia Conaghan

3D Modeling - Brian Dang

Animation & Illustration