“16-year-old April ditches her drivers test to stave off adulthood for one more day.”
At age 16, April has already experienced most of puberty; now she’s dealing with the aftermath. To her, growing up feels like she’s losing the most important parts of herself, and it’s scary. She would rather hide out in her grandfather’s old trailer home in the desert, than face the perils of the adult world. Though April resents her changing identity at first, she eventually learns to embrace it as a source of power.
Merge is a 5 minute, 2D animated short film. It is meant to be a compelling coming-of-age story told from one of many female perspectives. I want to make the kind of film that I would have LOVED to see when I was young, but only rarely got to enjoy!