A Hospital story: Process


The talent in action

So… my idea has changed quite significantly since my last update. This past Sunday, I interviewed my 4 year old cousin, Sebastian. I asked him some questions about his grandfather and had him try to narrate a story which I would be able to use for my original animation idea. This was a harder task than I had imagined…. working with children is not easy.

Luckily, out of the recordings I was able to capture something I found to be compelling. Sebastian has a special story of his own; he was diagnosed with Leukemia in early 2013 at the age of 4. After almost a year of ongoing treatment, through which he’s been incredibly strong, Sebastian is now in remission. While the mic was recording he told a story about one of his visits to the Montreal Children’s Hospital. I found the story to be inspiring and compelling but also very abstract and imaginative. Here a rough cut of the audio I’ve compiled which will be the narrative backbone for my animation:


  • Revised working title: Sebastian’s Butterfly A Hospital Story
  • Proposed duration: ~ 1 minute
  • Visual style: The animation will mostly consist of rotoscoping video footage while blending in elements of painting for backgrounds in order to give a more organic feel.

A Hospital Story – Test 1 from Marco Paradiso on Vimeo.

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Credits Sequence:

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sebastian sequence


Hallway Butterfly Syringe






My animation is going to be an ode to my grandfather in the form of a short story about his garden. As a child, I was always amazed by my grandfather’s garden. He invested a lot of time and love into his garden and in many ways his garden was a reflection of who he was.

  • Working title: Grandfather’s Garden
  • Proposed duration: ~ 1:00 – 1:30
  • Synopsis: A young boy is describing his experience of being in his grandfather’s garden. Surrounded by the plants and vines surrounding him, he appears to be in another world. He comes across animals and other creatures through his journey but snaps out of it as he bumps into his grandfather who’s working in the garden. Next scene, a man now describes an empty garden whose plants are all dead. The story is about life and death. I’m unsure whether or not I plan to add a moment where a seed is planted in this now empty garden implying a cyclical aspect of life. I want the animation to look like and feel like a children’s book with hand drawings and imperfect illustrations.
  • Proposed schedule:
  1. Week 1: Begin script
  2. Week 2: Complete script / Begin story boarding
  3. Week 3: Complete story board / record audio and video / Begin animating

Some visual inspiration:

Here are some animations whose themes and visuals have influenced me through the brainstorming process:

Vovô from Luiz Stockler on Vimeo.

What is Music? from Christian Robinson on Vimeo.

My Favourite Animal (Full Ver.) from Lara Lee on Vimeo.

Stand Up from Joseph Pierce on Vimeo.

The Man with the Beautiful Eyes from Jonathan Hodgson on Vimeo.