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An environmental film about human-caused extinction featuring a bird known as the Kaua'i ʻōʻō, which was once endemic to the Hawaiian island of Kauai.


Director Biography - Hanah Cincotta


Hanah Cincotta is a 2D animator from Rhode Island who graduated from Lesley University's College of Art and Design with a BFA in Animation & Motion Media in May 2022. She also minored in biology. With a deep fascination and enthusiasm for both traditional animated storytelling and the natural world, Hanah loves to create unique pieces of animation, characters, and illustrations that meld her expertise in these fields. She hopes to both entertain her viewers and include important messages within her work that emotionally touches her audience. 


Director Statement

O'o: The Last Voice of Kauai is an environmental film about human-caused extinction. I was inspired to make this film from a 2015 documentary Racing Extinction, which featured a scene about the last known male Kauaʻi ʻōʻō bird and the audio recording from that individual. I also wanted this film to capture my love and appreciation for both nature and 2D digital frame-by-frame animation. This 2D film includes animation animated in Adobe Animate, TVPaint, and stop motion overlays animated in DragonFrame, including backgrounds and illustrations created in Clip Studio Paint and Procreate. Animated films like Studio Ghibli's Princess Mononoke, Disney's Lilo & Stitch, and Bambi also artistically inspired this film with their natural 2D environments and themes of humans disrupting nature.

  • Year
    2022
  • Runtime
    4:16
  • Language
    English
  • Country
    United States
  • Director
    Hanah Cincotta
  • Screenwriter
    Hanah Cincotta
  • Producer
    Hanah Cincotta
  • Cast
    Hanah Cincotta
  • Animator
    Emma Mercier, Owen Flores, Eman Umaiya
  • Sound Design
    Nils Randers Pehrson
  • Music
    Vincent Fasano