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Lock the Gate, directed by Sarah Galasso, is a short, animated film about the miraculous recovery of Lila Kate, an extremely premature newborn.

 

The storyboard was created back in 2011, however it was not until 2021, that the timing and funding were right for Sarah to begin production on this film. 

Film Synopsis

After a routine sonogram at Sisters Hospital in Buffalo, New York, Sarah was rushed in to emergency surgery on 06/06/06. After seven weeks and many challenges, her daughter, Lila Kate, was born 3.5 months early, and with an e-coli infection. Because she was so frail and only weighed 2lb, doctors were not sure she would make it through the night. She not only made it through the night, but also survived the next 11 weeks in a neonatal intensive care unit.

In October of 2006, Lila was scheduled to come home. It was Friday the 13th. However, on the same day, Buffalo, New York, was hit with the October “Surprise” Storm, with the earliest recorded snowfall in the history of the city.

 

This short, 2D animation, is an expression of the true events that happened during those months. It was important to the artist to portray the confusion, shock, isolation, fragmented memories, and intense emotions that take place during a complicated pregnancy and premature birth. Each frame was individually hand-painted in Adobe Photoshop and then composited together in After Effects. Additional work was done in Premiere and Autodesk Maya.

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Stills from Lock the Gate

Looking at the snowstorm.
Looking at the snowstorm.
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Baby Lila.
Baby Lila.
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In the hospital.
In the hospital.
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Brain bleed.
Brain bleed.
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Digging.
Digging.
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Surgery date: 06/06/06
Surgery date: 06/06/06
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Baby Lila.
Baby Lila.
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Routine sonogram.
Routine sonogram.
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Lock the Gate.
Lock the Gate.
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Screening Schedule (updated 11.20.22)
To request Lock the Gate for your festival, please email sarah@augustproductions.com:

Buffalo Dreams Fantastic Film Festival: Official Selection.
Award: Outstanding WNY Animated Film
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August 24th @ 8:30pm, Easter Hills Dipson Theatre, Buffalo, NY, USA.

Buffalo International Film Festival: Official Selection 
Award: Best Animated Film.

October 9th @ 7:00pm, North Park Theatre, Buffalo, NY, USA.
Black Swan International Film Festival:
Award: Animated Film Winner.
October 17th, Kolkata, West Bengal.
Tbilisi International Film Festival: Official Selection
November 2nd, Tbilisi, Georgia.
Southampton Film Week: Official Selection: Best Documentary
Award: Best Documentary.
Award: Best Animated Film
November 12th, Southampton, Hampshire, UK.
Near Nazareth Festival: Official Selection
December 5th-7th, Afula Givat Hamore, Israel.
SIGGRAPH Asia:
As part of my Featured Session: 
Creating a Short, Independent, Animated Film in the
Midst of a Pandemic & Job Transition.

December 8th @5pm, Daegu EXCO, Daegu South Korea.
CREATE: Moving Pictures Festival: Official Selection.

January 2023, Vancouver, BC, Canada.

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