Rose explores the complex evolution of a mother/daughter relationship through the eyes of Rose, the daughter. Rose’s security blanket acts as a storytelling tool: we see how her relationship with the blanket -and with her mom- shifts as she grows up. This film explores the typical parent/child separation and reunion, from the daughter’s perspective. It also creates a representation of female-centric relationships. Mother/daughter relationships on screen tend to either focus entirely on their conflict or avoid it altogether. Even in the best cases, mother/daughter relationships, as well as female-centric relationships as a whole, are complicated, multi-dimensional and deserve to be represented as such. Overall, the film allows the audience to connect with the characters and relate to their journey.
Emily Kimes is a recent graduate from Pratt Institute’s 3D Animation program. During her time at Pratt, Emily made the President’s List, won the Outstanding Merit Award, and her thesis film Rose won “Best Story” and “Best Character” at Pratt Digital Arts’ “Best of BFA & MFA” screening. Additionally, in her junior year, she completed a short film that was a semifinalist at Los Angeles Cinefest and was featured on CGBros’ YouTube channel. She also interned at Pure Imagination Studios in Los Angeles for two summers, and landed a Junior Animator position at the studio. Her long-term goal is to be a character animator for feature films. She is currently quarantining with her mom in Los Angeles, where she can be found animating, playing with her neighbor’s corgi, and baking an unreasonable amount of bread.