NINA is an animated series about the power of imagination. When faced with unattainable wishes, Nina can transform her surroundings into fantastic universes where anything can happen. At the end of each episode the secret is revealed: all the worlds she creates are built as a family, finding the perfect harmony between the real and the impossible.
The film is based on a book, written and illustrated by the director in 2020, after feeling the need to talk with his 4-year-old daughter about the use of technology. The story is meant to illustrate the limits to technological immersion, exposing the consequences of prolonged use. The situations the girl finds herself in are common to any child. The tension when the girl turns away from the experiences that she would like to have and that she might be looking for inside her phone, is what children will recognize as absurd. The book’s success shows parents’ need to have the same dialogue with their children, a generation unaware of a world unfiltered by social media. Visually speaking, traditional techniques and digital compositing will be combined, intending to create an animated watercolour. In the end, we will have the feeling of having watched the painting and animation of a movie in real time - a world that only existed because it was hand painted at that very moment.