Take My Heart Away
The story follows a young South African boy, Lindo, who lives in an informal settlement that borders an international spaceflight launch site. Lindo is infatuated with space travel, his hideout in-between is filled with articles and old books on space travel, as well as drawings and pictures of rockets and spaceships. His dream is to fly amongst the stars, far away from his destitute township life. One day, Lindo sees an opportunity to sneak on board a space shuttle as a stowaway.
Jaron Clegg is a young filmmaker from Johannesburg, South Africa. When he was ten years old, he began experimenting with stop-motion animation, using models he had built from franchises like Lord of the Rings and Warhammer. He would immerse himself in fantasy worlds populated by characters that he had physically constructed, playing out scenarios and imagining epic battle scenes. He wanted to relive certain scenes from films he loved, but also to craft it in his own way. It was then that his love for the moving image was born.At 13 years-old, Jaron began to experiment with game engines that allowed the user to edit levels and record videos with in-game cameras. He moved on from stop-motion films to creating digital shorts exported from these virtual playgrounds. For a while, this satisfied him. Soon, however, he realized that he needed to create his own worlds from scratch.By the time he reached his mid-teens, he had found his childhood heroes in Scorsese, Spielberg, and Kubrick. He placed great value on cinema as an extension of the imagination, refusing to allow himself to be compromised by the mounting technical obstacles that his ideas demanded.At around 14, he started learning CGI modeling, rigging, texturing, animation, particle effects, and simulation techniques all incorporated into live-action sequences. Since then, he has devoted himself to the learning process. By the time he turned 16, he had written numerous scripts, completed hundreds of visual experiments and racked up thousands of hours on a wide range of animation software. Jaron then attended and graduated from the Vancouver Film School. He currently works as a filmmaker in Johannesburg. As a dreamer, Jaron lives by the following edict: if you can imagine it, magic can happen. He continues to look out for and embrace any advancement in software, or any other technology, that can further aid in creating and sharing art.He believes that we are presently at the threshold where visual technologies are on a celestial par with dreams, and narrative is progressing beyond traditional cinematic language. As interactive entertainment, virtual reality and film continue to collide and influence one another, whole new forms of narrative are waiting to be born.