'One-Second' to the Rescue

Short film by Animation senior Justin Cassano accepted at ViewFinder youth film festival

April 12, 2010

"One-Second," an animated short film by University of the Arts Animation senior Justin Cassano, has been accepted into the ViewFinders International Film Festival for Youth in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, April 20 – 24.

The one-minute, 40-second "One-Second" spins the origin story of a superhero of the same name, imagined and told by 11-year-old Richardson Paye. Cassano visited Paye and his 7-to-11-year-old classmates in a Saturday arts program to interview and record their responses to the prompt: "If you were a superhero, what would your name be?"

Paye regaled Cassano with the tale of a "smart kid with dreams ... who used to get teased." On the way home from school, he is bitten by a dog. He wakes up late the next day and hops on his bike, which promptly breaks. "And when he started running,” Paye said, “he was there in one second." "One-Second” the superhero then began "fighting crime. The Evil people made their own evil superhero" and now One-Second "is after them."

"They all told great stories," said Cassano, who created the animation after the interview and synched it to Paye's audio. "I think I chose Richardson's because he had a great raspy voice. Also, ‘One-Second’ is one heck of a superhero name."

"One-Second" was an official selection in the "Music Videos and Short Shorts" category in the 16th annual Bradford Animation Festival in November. The ViewFinders International Film Festival for Youth is a five-day festival that celebrates film, video and media geared towards youth ages 3-18.

Photo: "One-Second" riding his soon-to-be broken bike.

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