SEA JIN PARK'S
SILICON VALLEY, CA-- The recently Animation graduate student from the Savanna College of Art and Design in Georgia, reveals to Cultural World Bilingual, in a telephone interview, that his love for ecology, animals, animation and storytelling led him to create HuManatee an animated film that he drew with the purpose to help protect the species of the docile Manatees. "As a diver," he says, "I care very much about marine animals in general, and reading about them I found out that the Manatees are now a threatened species."
In Zoology's nomenclature, the Manatees belong to the Trichechidae family and the Sirenia Order. They are large fully aquatic marine mammals mostly herbivorous. Their name is better known as sea cows because of their large stature, tameness, slow lolling nature and propensity to be eaten by other animals because they are defenseless.
C.W.B: So you began to study the Manatees?
Being an animator, SEA JIN drew a short animated film about one of them,(see his drawing below) creating a unique story with beginning middle and end, and presenting, graphically, the problem caused to the animals by speeding boats in the ocean. He explains his film as follows:
SEA JIN: " Filmmakers are storytellers, " he said, "and I thought that if their story could be used for a good reason, it needed to be told because it would be meaningful to everybody. So, after reading more about them I also found this beautiful creatures (the Manatees) are hit often by the propellers of speeding boats. With my film I wanted people to become aware of it."
C.W.B. Is your film a documentary?
C.W.B. Is that the reason why the Jelly fish have to help them in your movie?
C.W.B. So, by presenting the ecological existing problem in Florida in an animated form, you hope that your movie creates in the minds of those boat drivers the "barrier," that in the future, encourage them to slow down their boats to stop hurting the Manatees, Am I correct?
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