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Ersi Zhao

Catherine Tate, Galina Rozina, Ey lalida, Chris Keren Shi, Ethan Wang, Wallis Wang,
United States,  San Francisco Academy of art University,  Animation and VFX,  May 20, 2015
I'm using this short film to talk about the life meaning which repeats itself like an endless circle. Hope you enjoy it! And think about it!

When you stand in the center of the society spinning like a clock calculating your life, you need to make the right decision to determine your own life in tons of choices and temptations. When the time you determined your life , it also means you put on the "life mask" only belongs to you which also can protect you and let you blend into the crowd.
Life is full of surprise, maybe you want to change your life mask and seize the life which is much more beautiful and shining than yours, but sometimes even if you tried all you could do, that shining life still slip through our fingers. Then you will figure out that is our life which is full of surprise and disappointments. But all of them in life will come and go, the happiness never leaves you. What we can do is how to live life to the wonderful end.

Ethan Zhao of San Francisco, California, majored in Visual Effect and Animation at the Academy of Art University. He is a successful lead compositor and art director of commercials and film projects. Experienced in VFX process and creative development while building partnerships with talent. He always know the best way to express and communicate his ideas with artist to achieve the goal. In addition, Ethan enjoy the process expanding his knowledge and explore the world from multiple perspectives. His architect and engineer experience give him the unlimited possibility to rebuild the world in his mind.


  • Compositing
  • Editing
  • Matchmove
  • Matte Painting
  • After Effects
  • Cinema 4D
  • Final Cut Pro
  • Maya
  • Mudbox
  • Nuke
  • Photoshop
3D Total
  • VFX/ANIMATION
  • Film of the Year
  • 841 Page Views
  • 4 Images
  • May 13, 2015
Im the director on this project "Samsara", I completed all of the story board, concept art (photoshop), compositing (Nuke, After effect, Pf track), editing (premiere) and final color correction on this project. The mask model was built by wallis wang. I created other models in After effect plugin element 3d.

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