Coming to theaters near you: WREN THE ANIMATION.
This is the story of a person who learns about the meaning of imagination through books and anime. Join Wren on a daring adventure through high school as Wren meets new people, goes new places, and, even, moves across state borders.
This is no ordinary coming-of-age tale as Wren battles grades and stress and sensibility.
And, now, an interview with the director Wren.
Q: Summarize the movie in five words.
A: Oh man. This is hard. How about…loner finds truth in life? That’s five words, right? Or maybe…weeaboo accepts weeaboo life finally? Haha. I like that one.
Q: What made you create this movie about yourself?
A: I thought my story should be told. We all have stories. It’s nice to hear someone else’s. Maybe people think we’re similar. Maybe they can relate to my story and know it’s okay.
Q: Why an animated movie? Why not live action?
A: Animation is something amazing. You have no limits. Humans have limits. You can make animated characters do so much more. Plus, I’m a huge anime fan.
Q: Why anime?
A: I’ve watched anime since…I’m not sure…three years ago? You watch characters act out something mundane or something magical. And the settings are gorgeous. Anime can take you places. Places you’ve never been. Places you’ve only dreamed of. I love that. I love being taken away on an adventure.
Q: What is your favorite part of the movie?
A: My favorite part? Unwritten. I don’t know my future. I can only dream.
Q: What elements of your life aren’t in the movie?
A: The secret ones. I like secrets. Makes me feel smart and like a spy. But, truthfully, nothing is cloudy. Or so I hope.
Q: If people took away one thing from this movie, what would it be?
A: Hope, I guess. I hope people know that they’re not alone. That they’re like me. I’m the stereotypical loner type, but I’ve gone through it and come out fine.
Q: What else do you do with your free time?
A: Haha. What free time? I spend way too much time on school. But I do page designs for my school paper. I watch anime and read books. I cozy up in my hoodie. I try to write and draw. But I’m not very good at either. But…I hope to cosplay one day. I’d love to cosplay as Yoosung or Zen from ‘Mystic Messenger’. It’s an otome game. I’m obsessed. And I love just…relaxing. But this is mostly during the holidays. School and all. Haha.
Q: What is the most enjoyable subject in school for you?
A: Newspaper. Definitely. Or Spanish. I love language. I want to learn Japanese when I grow up. But newspaper has a special place in my heart. I do page designs for them, and I have found a group of people who like similar things I do. School isn’t the best, but it’s fine.
Q: If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go?
A: Can I go to a fictional place? I’d love to see the world of ‘Kill la Kill’ or Narnia. It’d be fun. I love visiting fictional places. That’s why I love books and anime. But…real life places? Japan. Or just…the whole world. But Japan first. I love the culture and the food and the people. It’s fascinating. Magical even.
Q: What are causes you feel strongly about?
A: Hm…LGBTQ. Diversity in general. I’m an Asian American, so, of course, I’d like to see more Asian American books. And education reform. Wow. I get really mad about education reform. I think I got it from my dad.
Q: What do you plan to do in the future?
A: More creative things. Not sure what, though.
Q: And finally…what is one thing that most people don’t know about you?
A: Hm…I sing sometimes. And dance. Especially when no one’s watching. That’s the best kind of dancing. No one to judge. You feel…free.
Alright, folks, that’s all for today. Keep watching for more updates on WREN THE ANIMATION.