A short film by Edward Madojemu
When her apartment begins suffering power outages, a twenty-something gamer has to deal with the Lightcatchers, supernatural creatures that feed on electricity.
Lightcatchers was inspired by my experiences growing up in Nigeria with an unreliable power grid. I wanted to capture that experience in a playful manner, reframing it as an urban folktale that blends real events with fictional ones. The film aims for a stylized, hand-painted look, striking a balance between illustrated 2D paintings and 3D CGI. Created almost entirely in Virtual Reality, the film is animated frame by frame, using a method that can be described as “digital stop-motion.” This is done in tandem with virtual production and motion capture in the game engine Unity, further blending the real and fictional.
You can find more of my work here.
- The President’s Media Awards for Excellence – Best in 2D or Experimental Animation