FIRE IN THE BELLY was inspired by the life of my departed step-aunt, Laurel, at the age of 39. She was just starting to step into the impetus of her life and truly realize that she had a fire in her belly to live for! In this animation, I wanted to honor her life and realization while also drawing attention to this life oomph she had and inspire others to recognize their own fire in their bellies! While living in New Zealand, I acted out all parts in live action. When we returned to the States, I started in on the rotoscope portion of the animation. Countless days working at Starbucks, finally got me to a finished piece that I am proud to show! My husband worked with me in order to lay down music that worked with the piece.