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  • HonorMerit
  • Motion
  • SectionMotion
  • CategoryAnimation
  • TitleIn A Good Way
  • AgencySchool of Visual Arts
  • CountryUnited States
  • Creative DirectorYi Ju Tsai
  • ChairmanBruce Wands, School of Visual Arts, MFA Computer Art Department Chair
  • AnimatorYi Ju Tsai, Chieh Li Wei, Hsiang Yeh
  • Sound DesignYi Ju Tsai, Wengu Hu
  • Music/ComposerWengu Hu

In a Good Way

Student Winner

In A Good Way (2015) by Yi Ju Tsai is a 2D animation about a typical Asian salaryman who has decided to leave his job and return to his hometown. En route, he encounters a pine tree blocking his path. He takes the tree home and tries to plant it in his garden, but finds that the tree has a will of its own – just like the salaryman. Created with a flowing ink painting style reminiscent of Ukiyo-e, Tsai’s poetic story addresses how society tries to shape and distort people. Whether it is a boss in a corporate office or a gardener holding scissors to prune a tree, it is important to respect one’s true voice and follow one’s natural path.