Watch Award-Winning Short Film "Sonder" Today!

By Erin Kirsh

Posted on December 18, 2018 | Updated August 06, 2019, 9:07AM

Alum Farhez Rayani served as CG Supervisor and Director of Photography (Lighting) on this animated short.

Alum Farhez Rayani (BFA 2010), who has worked on notable films such as Coco, Finding Dory and Toy Story 3, recently served as CG Supervisor and Director of Photography (Lighting) on Sonder.

Sonder, a 15-minute short film about one man's path to recovery after his relationship ends, made waves across the film festival circuit in 2018. Now released on YouTube and Vimeo, and boasting over half a million views already, Sonder is been moving audiences worldwide.

Sonder was an official selection at film festivals worldwide and has won honours including Best Animation (California Independent Film Festival), Audience Choice Award (Sioux City International Film Festival) and Best Picture (Los Angeles Independent Film Festival Awards). Watch the full film below.


For years, Finn and Natalie walked the same path. But when their time together comes to an end, Finn finds himself lost in a mysterious land. Paralyzed by the fear of moving on, he is at risk of losing himself. Through self-discovery, Finn must gather the strength to forge a new way forward. Writer & Director: Neth Nom Producer: Sara K. Sampson Technical Supervisor: Andrea Goh Creative Manager: Yee Sum Hoi CG Supervisor: Farhez Rayani Cast: Mike Forst (Finn) Jessica Kitchens (Natalie) Music & Sound: Kevin Dusablon & Mike Forst

Farhez also served as Director of Photography: Lighting on Purl (2019), another Pixar short about combatting sexism in the workplace. You can watch the film on YouTube.

About Farhez Rayani: