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Filmmaker Yibing Jiang breathes life into the special bond between a father and his ailing daughter to highlight the fragile nature of life, love, and the healing power of music.
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Animated short

Written and directed by Yibing Jiang, a female filmmaker from Wuhan, China, WiNDUP portrays the connections between a father, his ailing daughter, and the healing power of music. Created using regular home-office desktop computers and Unity, this award-winning animated short film showcases what it is possible to create with real-time animation in a touching story about the fragile nature of life, love, and what it means to never give up.

International festival selection

WiNDUP has been officially selected for the following film festivals.

NAACP Image Awards
Urbanworld Film Festival
USA Film Awards
Reel Sisters of the Diaspora Film Festival
Sapporo International Short Film Festival & Market
LA Shorts Fest
Cleveland International Film Festival
RiverRun International Film Festival
St. Louis International Film Festival
Chicago International Children's Film Festival
Short Shorts Film Festival & Asia
Spark Animation Festival
Montreal International Animation Film Festival
Siggraph Asia
San Diego International Film Festival
Oniros Film Awards - New York
Indie Short Fest
China International New Media Short Film Festival
Behind WiNDUP
Unity for animation and cinematics
Unity for animation and cinematics

Unity brings real-time workflows to animation content creators – speeding up traditional pipelines and giving artists, producers, and directors more opportunities for creative freedom, fast feedback, and artistic iteration on a flexible platform. With Unity, real-time production is a reality.

Real-time high-fidelity graphics
Real-time high-fidelity graphics

WiNDUP used the High Definition Render Pipeline (HDRP) and Shader Graph to achieve the final look of the project, including the fabric and hair. The team also used Light Layers for the environment and character lighting, Vertex Position input to animate the leaves, and VFX Graph for the frost and floating dust.

Global collaboration
Global collaboration

WiNDUP was a side project created by adiverse team of men and women, distributed across eight countries and working mostly from home. The team used the Subversion (SVN) version control system to manage their files, and they stayed in sync through Zoom, Slack and SyncSketch.


Written & Directed by
Yibing Jiang

Aleksander Karshikoff
Silvia Rasheva

Executive Producer
Junbo Zhang

Animation Director
Jason Keane

Yining Cheng
Maria Beliaeva
Lisa Allen Keane
Alexander Fleisig

Art Director
Yibing Jiang

Adam Habib

Environment Art
Shiyao Jiang
Jesus Orillan

Chris Kang

Character Art
Colin Thomas
Han Lin

Victor Vinyals

Yibing Jiang
Chris Kang

Lighting Lead
Laurent Harduin

Character Lighter
Vina Kao Mahoney

FX Artist
Chris Kang

Music Composer
Joaquin Garcia

Music Production

Audio Production
Pole Position Production

Sound Designer
Eric Thorsell

Kiki Voice
Bim Ohlsson Jinde

Father Voice
Uno Helmersson
Mattias Lech

Voice Direction
Carolina Jinde

Re-Recording Mixer
Eric Thorsell

Global Tech
Evgenii Golubev
Sebastien Lagarde

Additional art

Additional Character Art
Roja Huchez

Additional Rigging
Yining Cheng

Additional Environment Art
Jacob Norris

Additional FX
Sennett Deng

Additional Sound Editing
Max Lachmann

Story Consultant
Karl Iglesias

Edit Consultant
Mickey Adolph
James Lillard

Special thanks

Clive Downie, Joachim Ante, Bruce Straley, John Parsaie, Andrew Perez, Melissa Chou, Jason Robertson, Kiki Poh, Beibei Xiao, Jais Bredsted, Miaoyan Yang, Yanghao Gu, Göksel Göktas, Joe Pettinati, Inigo Quilez, Mathieu Muller, Dave Shreiner, Krasimir Nechevski, John Sweeney, Sylvio Drouin, Morten Mikkelsen, Zack Moratto

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