My Big Brother

We all have someone in our family that, on the surface, doesn’t seem to be the right fit, but could we really live without them? Would we want to?

A boy is seen sleeping on his bed with both a smile and the dawn sunlight streaking across his face – perhaps he’s dreaming of something pleasant, something his reality can’t offer him. As we zoom out, we see a gigantic male sleeping on the oversized, upper bunk – it’s his big brother, both in age and in size.

After the younger boy struggles to loosen himself from the shrunken gap between the upper and lower bunks, his day continues with dodging his big brother’s nail clippings, as if they may impale him if he didn’t cover himself with a hardback book; being left crestfallen because hand-me-down socks are the size of his body; and being squeezed out of an inflatable kiddie pool, because his brother’s butt is too big. Sometimes, he’s “too much brother.”

The mother says that he should be happy that he even has a brother – a brother who gets the chores done quickly; gives the younger one a ride on his shoulders while traveling; and offers to be the springboard so the younger one can do belly flops into the lake. Although the younger one can get lost in the big brother’s shadow, can he come around and not only accept these realities but come to love them?

Cast & Crew

Director: Jason Rayner
Writers: Jason Rayner, Elissa Hunter, Matt Moore, Brooks Tompkins, Jack Beyer
Key Cast: John Heritage
Concept Art: Anna Zeng, Jess Marfisi, Alli Gildea
Character Designs: Tucker Klein
Character & Environment Modeling: Jason Rayner
Animation: Jason Rayner, Robert Paul Jr., Chris Carter, Angie Henderson, Cameron Butler, Morgan Clement
Score: Elissa Hunter
Sound Design, Recording: Austen Lameiras, Elissa Hunter

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A touching story about a younger brother's perspective for both the good and the bad of a weird, familial circumstance.
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About The Author
- Joon Shin has always been an advocate for independent films and is a Co-Founder & Partner for Content of Characters, Board Director for both Dosha Pops and In The Lights PR, and serves on the Board of Advisors for TriplAgent.