Gerascophobia is a multi-awarded short animated film directed and animated by Shuangshuang Hao. The sound design and music is by Kaj Mäki-Ullakko, the voiceover by Alasdair Hankinson and the female voices by Charlotte Craig.

It is the story of a boy called “Mo” who is afraid to grow up and age. The little boy does many odd things to avoid growing up. The animation describes his mundane life moments, shows his fears of separation, mortality, taking responsibility, and standing out as an independent individual.

Shuangshuang is an animator, filmmaker and illustrator. She draws and tells stories. She is familiar with 2D frame by frame animation (on paper), 2D illustration, and short comics. Her works mainly focus on subtle playful moments in mundane life, especially on the themes of growing up and coming of age, as a means to gain the insight to the anxiety and insecurity of early adulthood. Shuangshuang is a recent graduate from Glasgow School of Art, and in 2015 she obtained a nomination from BAFTA Scotland on Animation. She is now freelancing as an animator and illustrator / designer, mostly in film and music industry.

All images © Shuangshuang Hao/Gerascophobia


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