Baseball Boogie written and directed by Vivian Lee © 2012

Summary: Based on the true story of my father’s childhood, growing up in the 1950s in Sacramento, California. When Leron begins breaking Mr. Falcone’s windows during neighborhood baseball games, the support of his father allows him to continue playing and eventually succeed in professional baseball.

Production details: Drawn on paper. Traditional 2D animation, inbetweened and composited in Toon Boom Animate, final composite and effects in After Effects. Sound design by Lucas Mireles, sound mix by Mike Simpson. The song “Baseball Boogie” and the B side song “Sketto Man” (heard in the credits) recorded in 1980 by Leron Lee, as a novelty album.

Programs: Toon Boom Animate, After Effects, Final Cut

Recognition: The Matt Groening Initiative – The storyboard was selected by Simpson’s creator Matt Groening to be funded through production by his initiative to support short student films.


THE DEVIL’S SWITCH written and directed by Vivian Lee © 2011


A Man who has shut his daughter away from her suitors hatches a get rich quick plan when a Devil presents him with a unique opportunity. A magic switch, a treasure dowery, and a makeshift dummy all lend themselves to the tangled plot of the greediest Man in the world.

Production details: “The Devil’s Switch” is my 2nd animated short film. I spent roughly 4 months on storyboarding and layout. I designed all the assets on paper in graphite, watercolored them, then used photoshop to add a photo layer specific to the quality/emotions of the character (i.e.: the Girl’s photo layer is all fruit- peaches, bananas, cherries, her cold dispassionate father is represented by the moon, the frivolous Suitors photo layer is the feathers of birds according to their season.) Sound design by Lucas Mireles.

Programs: Photoshop, AfterEffects, Final Cut

Recognition: Most Innovative Award – UCLA Animation Film Festival 2011

Official Selection – San Diego Comic Con Children’s Film Festival 2012

Screening – Gallery Kiki (Makuhari Japan), Individual Exhibition


Kumo no Ito (蜘蛛の糸) written by Akutagawa Ryūnosuke, directed by Vivian Lee © 2010


Based on the 1918 short story by Akutagawa Ryūnosuke, my film shows the story of “Kumo no Ito” from the perspective of Kandata, as he sits in hell recollecting his life of evil deeds. When the Buddha Shakyamuni witnesses Kandata’s one kind act – sparing the life a spider- Kandata is given one last chance to spare himself from damnation.

Production details:

Based on the story by Akutagawa Ryūnosuke, this was my first student film from UCLA MFA Animation program. It was animated on paper. The scenes during the life of Kandata were inked by hand then digitally colored. The scenes in heaven were painted on three separate plates of glass and shot using stop motion techniques. The scenes in hell were inked in red then painted in acrylic.


Dragon Stop Motion, Flip Book, After Effects, Photoshop, Final Cut


“Apart” – Tugg Commercial by Vivian Lee.

Summary: Commercial for the film Apart directed by Aaron Rottinghaus.

Production Details: Drawn on white board, composited in After Effects.