“Rooms”, a short film exploring the mind-body relationship

Federica Cimorelli

Rohan Patrick McDonald is an American animator, illustrator and art director with a synthetic and conceptual style. Reduced to the essential, his drawings manage to create deep and analytical representations and delve into the abyss of human chaos.
This is the case with “Rooms” for example, a 2D animated short film that explores the connections that exist between everyone’s mental and physical spaces.

How do you feel when you have guests in the house? What do your furniture rearranging habits say about the relationship you have with your mother? Do you feel more alive when you have an endless pile of clothes on the floor? Have you ever thought about this? They may seem like stupid questions, but in reality they hide far more convoluted coincidences.

Mental health is all the rage these days, and that’s all well and good, but underestimating the importance of the connection between mind and body can also jeopardise everything. If we don’t feel good about ourselves, the space around us is greatly affected.

Rooms” tries to tell these concepts and does so through real conversations, illustration, design and animation.

Watch it here.


Directed by Rohan McDonald
Animation by Rohan McDonald, Dena Springer and Sofia Diaz
Music and Sound by Limes & Cherries
Voices by Austin White, Lucas Reif, Lola Meyers, John McDonald, Janaki Blum, Patricia Cando, Ada Wolin and Zach Fontenot


– Watch also: “Something New”,a short film mixing art and research


Written by Federica Cimorelli
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