A man with his head in the clouds and not a care in the world stumbles upon a quaint scuba shop affixed to a dock above the ocean.  Installed in the window is an aquarium filled with colorful fish that have taken an interest in him.  While gazing upon his new friends he notices a diving suit for sale.   At first sight his future is clear:  Beneath the waves of the surrounding ocean is an underwater paradise filled with bright and colorful fish, where he will be welcomed with open fins that are ready to show him what true friendship is; magic glistening on every surface of the pristine seascape.  Snapping out of his vision, the man excitedly snatches up the scuba suit with newfound purpose.  He hurriedly stumbles down the dock, ready to discover what amazing adventures await him under the sparkling waves.

Director's Biography

Barbara Mones is a faculty member in the department of Computer Science & Engineering and serves as Director for Animation Production in the Animation Research Labs, an Advanced Technology Initiative at the University of Washington. She has worked in both academic and industry in the areas of graphics and animation production for over twenty-five years. In her role as faculty she has directed and produced eleven animated shorts since 1999. She has lectured extensively on an international level on topics related to computer graphics, animation and curriculum development in addition to designing and executing her own graphics and animation that have been shown in many museums and institutions worldwide, including the Smithsonian Institution and the Villa Ciani Museum in Switzerland. Her animation has been shown in the SIGGRAPH Electronic Theater and her artwork has been shown in the SIGGRAPH Art Show. She has chaired Panels (97), Sketches (Design, 96) Art Educators (Education Committee (85-95) served as a juror for the Art Show (1995, 2007) and Electronic Theater. She founded and chaired the SIGGRAPH Student Animation Competition (1984, then became SPACE in 1985) and coordinated it for fifteen years. SPACE became an international traveling show in 1989. Post undergraduate, she studied 2D and 3D animation at Sheridan College and has an MFA from Rhode Island School of Design in mixed media sculpture and installation. Her research and production interests include animation, storytelling, content development, fast prototyping, and the production pipeline design for games and film.

Technical Credits

  • Director / Producer
    Barbara Mones

  • Music
    Leeran Raphaely

  • Production Team
  • Eddy Adams
  • Mark Agoncillo
  • Michael Amorozo
  • Jan Athenstaedt
  • Nathan Breit
  • Larry Chen
  • Stephen Friedman
  • David Heflin
  • Brice Johnson
  • Devin Johnson
  • Matthew Kaplan
  • Kimberly Koenig
  • Jessica Kutrakun
  • Sean Mack
  • Hannah Sayre
  • Sheri Yin