PRODUCER

SONDER

SOBA Productions

For years, Finn and Natalie walked the same path, but when their time together comes to an end, Finn finds himself lost in a mysterious land. Paralyzed by the fear of moving on, he is at risk of losing himself. Through self-discovery, Finn must gather the strength to forge a new path.

SONDER (2018) is an award-winning independent short film created by Neth Nom and Sara K. Sampson. By the time production wrapped, the crew totaled in 150 remote artists working across 9 timezones. Sonder is one of the first narrative shorts to utilize the real-time game engine, Unity. 

Sonder Poster
Sonder Poster

CAIFF Award
CAIFF Award

Incredible Maya Projects Showcase
Incredible Maya Projects Showcase

Sonder Poster
Sonder Poster

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AWARDS + SELECTED SCREENINGS

  • Los Angeles Independent Film Festival 2018 // BEST PICTURE

  • Sioux City International Film Festival 2018 // AUDIENCE CHOICE AWARD 

  • California Independent Film Festival 2018 // BEST ANIMATION

  • California International Shorts Festival 2018 // BEST ANIMATED SHORT

  • Spark Animation Film Festival 2018 // OFFICIAL SELECTION

  • SIGGRAPH Asia 2018 // OFFICIAL SELECTION

  • Bucheon International Animation Festival 2018 // OFFICIAL SELECTION

  • Cartoon Brew // SHORT PICK OF THE DAY

  • Vimeo // STAFF PICK

 

PRESS + EVENTS

BEHIND THE SCENES
Sonder Crew: Wrap Party May 2018 - 150 Crew Members Worldwide
Sara K. Sampson + Neth Nom: Annecy International Film Festival 
Sara K. Sampson + Neth Nom: Annecy International Film Festival 
Sara K. Sampson - CTNX 2017 Presentation: "FIRST LOOK: Sonder"
SONDER: STAND-ALONE TEASER 2016
SONDER: MAKING OF

UTILIZING REAL-TIME:

When SONDER started production in 2015, the team, working on a micro budget, built an animation pipeline from scratch while maintaining high-level cinematic quality.

 

The pipeline was built around Unity, leveraging real-time rendering capabilities to achieve desired graphical quality in half the time, and at half the cost, without needing a render farm. 

A proof of concept was released in November 2016.

 

KEY COLLABORATORS 

  • Creators // Neth Nom + Sara K. Sampson

  • Director // Neth Nom

  • Producer // Sara K. Sampson

  • Technical Director // Andrea Goh

  • Creative Manager // Yee Sum Hoi

  • CG Supervisor // Farhez Rayani

  • Director of Photography - Camera // Adam Habib

  • Animation Supervisor // Stefan Schumacher 

  • Character Technical Supervisor // Foam Laohachaiaroon

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Sara K. Sampson - Unite Berlin 2018 Presentation: "Sonder: Making Of"
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Walt Disney Animation Studios Screening of SONDER
Skywalker Sound
Skywalker Sound

Skywalker Sound
Skywalker Sound

Skywalker Sound
Skywalker Sound

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Skywalker Sound

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