"When a father decides his son is old enough to leave his parental home, he sends him out into the world."
Directed by Utrecht-based illustrator and animator Joost Lieuwma, Leaving Home is a short film about the difficulties of a young man to leave his home and live an independent life.
It presents three characters with a clearly defined external conflict and an emphasis on non-realistic staging. Highlights of the short include choosing a situation with characters’ traits that will be familiar to many viewers, and in the humor with which it portrays the increasingly unrealistic ways in which the son character comes back home. The short makes heavy use of directions for successfully editing these sequences.
Leaving Home employs mostly static cameras (with the exception of a few slow zoom-ins). Camera moves are replaced with a combination of editing and widening shots or different camera placements in order to cover the action.