Victoria Vincent’s animation captures the tragic pitfalls of online dating

Date
26 September 2016

Animator Victoria Vincent’s short animation, Find True Love, depicts a character’s failings at online dating. “I wanted to portray this kind of strange emotional connection we have with the internet in a light-hearted movie,” she says.

In the film, the protagonist messages a girl he likes the look of and waits anxiously for her reply and Victoria humorously documents his emotional turmoil. “Despite the anonymity that the internet grants its users, there is still anxiety that comes with trying to connect with people online,” says Victoria. “We google questions we don’t know how to ask other people and face anxiety over sending/receiving messages. It’s something that I think every internet user can relate to.”

Victoria built the narrative for the film in a fairly ad hoc approach: “I just started animating a random scene in the middle of the movie and went from there. I spent about three days making it,” she says. At only one minute long, the pacing is what keeps this film tight and fresh. Victoria keeps the narrative moving by overlaying boxes of action alongside observations of the character’s mood, tapping into this universal experience with humour.

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Victoria Vincent: Find True Love (still)

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Victoria Vincent: Find True Love (still)

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Victoria Vincent: Find True Love (still)

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Victoria Vincent: Find True Love (still)

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Rebecca Fulleylove

Rebecca became staff writer at It’s Nice That in March 2016 before leaving the company at the end of 2017. Before joining the company full time she worked with us on a freelance basis many times, as well as stints at Macmillan Publishers, D&AD, Dazed and frieze.

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