Novela is a frame-by-frame animation about a woman who tries to emulate the life of her favorite soap opera protagonist.The impulse to make Novela came from a feeling that is so old to me that it has become part of my identity. Exposure to literally thousands of hours of all kinds of Latin American soap operas, especially between ages 7 and 17, defined how I viewed myself as a woman: the woman on the screen was always better than me. The woman on the screen is never depressed; she always knows what to do to charm her guy; she eats pizza and looks amazing. She is wanted 24 hours a day. The experience of witnessing another life through the screen made me feel incomplete. Reality fell short compared to fiction. Novela, in many ways, confronts a deeply insecure part of myself.