The Animator Who Dreams in Split Screen - OZY | A Modern Media Company


A product of several cultures, up-and-coming filmmaker Emily Yue views life through multiple lenses. 

By Molly Fosco

Multitasking has become a driving force of modern life. And while the seemingly never-ending to-do list has become more of a universal feature of daily living, how we tackle the tasks ahead of us is distinctly unique. As such, OZY asked three rising-star filmmakers to each create a short film about how they view multitasking. 

When Emily Yue looks at her life, she sees it in split screen. The animator and recent graduate from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill admits this is partly informed by the fact that her daily workflow requires animating on two screens at the same time.

“I recently started dreaming in split screen,” Yue says. This outlook inspired her latest short film, Split Screen Dream, which explores the act of hopping between two trains of thought — a key component in multitasking. Splitting our brain between two different tasks, Yue notes, has become the norm.

Yue, who grew up in Hong Kong, Shanghai and Huntersville, North Carolina, was also influenced by split cultures for most of her life.

I’m really interested in the possibilities that animation brings to telling true stories.

Though her father encouraged her to go into a “practical” career, the pull toward art was in her blood: Her grandparents were both animators in Shanghai during the Cultural Revolution, and Yue spent summers in China learning calligraphy from her grandmother.

Yue, who holds a degree in photo/video journalism and studio art, aims to explore gender and race through her films. “I’m really interested in the possibilities that animation brings to telling true stories,” she says.


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