Soar is a 3D animated short film directed by Alyce Tzue and produced by Anson Yu. The music is by Jack Gravina.
The story follows a precocious young girl who makes a new friend when a tiny boy pilot drops out of the sky on a broken flying machine. Now she must race against time to return him home, before her new friend becomes stranded on Earth forever.
Alyce Tzue is a 2014 MFA graduate of the School of Animation & Visual Effects and currently studio director at San Francisco-based Smule, a developer of music apps. Soar was created as Alyce Tzue’s thesis project in school. What began as a toil of love by first-time filmmakers ended up catching the eyes of festivals all over the world. Soar is the proud 2015 Gold Winner of the 42nd Student Oscars, Best Student Animation Winner at Palm Springs, Finalist at the Student BAFTAs, and has screened in the Hamptons, St. Louis, Seoul, Austin, and more. The team behind Soar believes that the film’s surprise success is proof of its message: when you put in everything you’ve got, sometimes you achieve more than you ever expected. There are plans to make Soar into a feature length film inspired by the sensibilities of Hayao Miyazaki and Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s The Little Prince.