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Ringling Short Explores the World of Autism

Ringling College of Art and Design students Marisabel Fernandez and Alexander Bernard create ‘Listen,’ which attempts to give a glimpse into the lives of children living with Autism.

Imagine living a life where the world you perceive and experience around you is entirely different than that of your peers, and your family -- where you feel…misunderstood.

Autism is the one of the highest growing serious developmental disabilities today. Listen, directed and produced by Marisabel Fernandez and Alexander Bernard at the Ringling College of Art and Design, gives a glimpse into the lives of children living with Autism in an attempt to inspire positive change through a deeper tolerance and understanding.

For their senior film, the students chose to represent an extreme case: life through the eyes of a child who is non-verbal, and her constant struggle to cope with the world around her. While Autism is complex, and has a wide spectrum, this film is meant only as an interpretation inspired by the pair’s research and time spent within the Autism community.

The short, a hybrid of 2D and 3D animation techniques, includes cinematography by Natasha Thornton and sound design by Jamie Vance.

Source: Ringling College of Art & Design