L'Union Fait La Focus is an abstract animated sequence of Haiti's history of colonialism, focusing on what made Haiti the most valuable place on Earth from the 1700s-1900s for its liquid gold coffee, sweet crystal sugar, and most valuable metal gold. I chose to do this project because I want to show Haiti in a new light as a Haitian American. In addition, I have always been fascinated by my background, being a symbol of freedom and being The First Black Republic in the western hemisphere in 1804 by defeating Napoleon. I've always wanted to be a designer since I was a kid. I watched my Haitian immigrant parents going to school and working jobs that were not their dream job. I knew I had to follow my dream no matter what to become one of the best designers. By being the youngest in my family, I've seen how all my siblings take different routes in education and become their best versions of themselves to be the best at what they do, so now it's my turn to push boundaries and reach new heights. I've been blessed with many internship opportunities help from Digital Media & Design professors, SSS Advisors, and my family. This project has been a challenge for me, but this animated project has pushed me to do better and be better at what I do. This is just the start of a new chapter of my career.
Emmanuel Sainville, a Digital Media & Design student at the University of Connecticut in Stamford, is passionate about Motion, 3D, and UX design. Emmanuel is a first-generation Haitian and found his passion for creating graphic and motion designs by drawing characters and playing games. One day his father said,
you keep play games and you make no money for it. and Emmanuel said,
I will design games and create cool designs! He was twelve years old. Emmanuel is building this project because he wants to connect his roots to design, to show there are other routes in life other than being a doctor, lawyer, or engineer. Most importantly that he is still Haitian even though he is a designer.