Lin Tam Takes Us Behind the Scenes of Her New Animated Quick ‘Friendship’

Impressed by her real-life experiences, Lin Tam’s animated brief Friendship celebrates the fantastic thing about an enduring human connection. We just lately caught up with younger filmmaker to seek out out extra about her mission, which has gained a number of awards and has made the spherical of indie animation festivals world wide over the previous 12 months. Here’s what she advised us:


Animation Journal: Are you able to inform us a bit about your background and curiosity in animation?

Lin Tam
Lin Tam

Lin Tam: My background is a mixture of leisure and know-how. I’ve all the time cherished the convergence of utilizing know-how and leisure to inform heartfelt tales. A majority of my profession has been bridging these two worlds to push the envelope in storytelling. From cell gaming to AR/VR tasks, I all the time discovered myself at this intersection in discovering new methods of emotional storytelling that impacts the viewers. Throughout this exploration, I noticed firsthand how animation was the glue that took inventive tales to an entire new stage.

Animation has a manner of disarming adults to being children once more, it brings pleasure to children, and provides us a way of marvel in storytelling. I may construct a fantasy world in animation and have chocolate fountains sprinkled with sweet within the sky that the viewers would consider is regular because it’s a part of this imaginary world. That’s what I really like about animation! There aren’t any limits to how inventive you will be. The creators have the chance to make actually something they need in animation to assist drive the tales they inform.


Sketch of Amy and Lisa for ‘Friendship’

When did you start engaged on Friendship?

Friendship began on the peak of COVID in 2020. The thought got here to me when the world was on lockdown and everyone was advised to have social distance from one another. I considered how a 12 months in the past (2019) I used to be surrounded by family members and associates. After which in 2020, everybody was afraid to be close to one another or have any contact by any means.

This obtained me eager about the chums in my life; how some associates got here in for a season, some for a cause and solely a handful lasted the take a look at of time. I seen how the “take a look at of time” between ups and downs both strengthens a bond or breaks a friendship. I noticed that not all friendships are supposed to final, however the ones that do are priceless … and honoring these lifelong commitments are the premise for the brief movie. From this seed, I began writing the define of Friendship.



How lengthy did it take to make?

The whole course of from script to manufacturing took just a little over a 12 months to finish. It took me about three months from define to script to put in writing Friendship. After ending the preliminary draft, I took the script out to focus teams world wide to see how the the story would resonate with others. I discovered that it doesn’t matter what the geography or nationality, Friendship hit an emotional observe with the viewers.

It was actually great to listen to that studying the script impressed some individuals to succeed in out to lengthy misplaced associates, how rewarding it was catching up on  life landmarks and challenges. However what was most impactful to me was listening to that some individuals reconnected with lengthy misplaced associates simply in time to attract them out of loneliness, despair and suicidal ideas. That, to me, fueled the hearth to make this movie.

As soon as the ultimate script was accomplished, I began exploring the varied designs of the characters. I wished the characters to have a singular and heart-warming expression. I used to be impressed by the cartoon kinds of the Nineteen Nineties resembling Hey Arnold, Powerpuff Women, Pinky and the Mind and lots of extra.




How many individuals labored on it and which animation instruments did you employ?

The whole crew for Friendship was between 10-15 individuals relying on what wanted to be completed throughout the complete course of. We had a combination of 2D and 3D animators for this mission. We used  Toon Growth, Autodesk 3ds Max, After Results and Photoshop.


What was the inspiration behind the story?

The inspiration for this brief movie is predicated on me and my childhood good friend. We’re very completely different in ethnicities and personalities. We met in highschool, went by means of adolescent milestones collectively, we grew aside and reconnected once more by means of the twists and turns of life. To at the present time, no matter geography or time, we nonetheless handle to be in contact. And after we do reconnect, it’s as if time by no means handed. We decide up the place we left off. That to me is a real testomony of an awesome friendship.


What do you’re keen on concerning the closing outcomes?

I really like the stylistic look of the brief movie, which is 2.5D animation. The characters are 2D, however the backgrounds and belongings are 3D giving it a visually distinctive look that bridges these two animation kinds. I additionally love the retro nostalgia really feel to the brief movie. I wished to create an surroundings that the viewers would gravitate in direction of eager about their childhood associates. A reminiscent down reminiscence lane throughout an age of innocence the place all that mattered was hanging out with your folks.


Lisa expression sheet for ‘Friendship’

What had been your largest challenges?

As a result of Friendship has no dialog, the auditory emotion of the story needed to be carried by means of music. Though it was a lofty aim for an unbiased brief to compose stay orchestrated music, I knew this was the one solution to specific the eagerness and emotion I wished to seize in Friendship in comparison with pre-laid tracks.

I spent a whole bunch of hours watching different animated movies that additionally relied closely on music, and once I got here throughout Joaquin Garcia’s reel I knew it was a match. Joaquin listened intently to my course, working diligently from my very own stitched music monitor of the animatic. I recall how excited I used to be when Joaquin introduced in an electrical guitarist to certainly one of our early work periods. I appreciated that power and focus he carried all through the complete mission. What made this music a problem was creating the varied melodies and devices in the course of the transitional levels of their lives. It took many rewrites and iterations, however ultimately we managed to get the stylistic really feel of the music to assist carry the storytelling.


What do you hope audiences will get out of your brief?

I hope this movie provides viewers the enjoyment of reminiscing and provoking them to reconnect with friendships in their very own lives; even perhaps stopping despair brought on by loneliness.  Friendship’s theme is that connection and bonding are a fundamental human want that all of us crave for no matter geography, age or ethnicity. It’s about how one good friend can actually make an influence in your life.


Amy’s Room structure for ‘Friendship’


What are you engaged on subsequent?

I’m engaged on a demo pilot to pitch Friendship as a TV animated sequence. I consider there are such a lot of tales to be advised between the characters and their associates throughout their self-discovery in class and in life. I might love for a community/streamer to tackle this mission, given the curiosity we’d had from movie competition audiences. We want extra inclusive tales advised by feminine creators that talk to unrepresented communities which might be hardly ever seen in animation. I’m additionally engaged on one other brief movie that may push real-time animation and AI to the subsequent stage of storytelling. We’re in early levels of improvement for this mission.


What was the most important lesson you discovered from the expertise of creating your brief which you could move on to future filmmakers?

In case you have a narrative to inform, begin the method. Don’t anticipate permission to do it. Do one small factor at a time. Begin with the define, then work on the script. By taking child steps this helps you consider it’s potential to make your brief movie a actuality. Earlier than you already know it, you’ll appeal to others who wish to be a part of your mission. I turned a number of naysayers to believers as I continued to maneuver ahead no matter what individuals thought. Quickly sufficient, a number of of them wished to be a part of this mission since they noticed how a lot progress and fervour I had in my movie. You need to consider in your mission and be your largest cheerleader. Nobody else can do it for you.


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