"We now live in a global village…a simultaneous happening…we have had to shift our stress of attention from action to reaction.” (McLuhan, The Medium is the Massage)
For my final art project I knew I wanted to make a film (I am taking this class as film credit after all), but I also decided I wanted to experiment with animation. Animating proved to be even more time consuming than I originally thought (all though a lot of that time was spent figuring out how to animate properly), so unfortunately I didn't get to include as many animations as I would have liked, but I am glad that the ones I did make turned out the way they did. It was a lot of fun and I would definitely like to try working with that medium again in the future.
Now for the actual film. When talking about his idea of the "global village," McLuhan describes it as a "simultaneous happening... we have had to shift our stress of attention from action to reaction." When I thought about it, this reminded me of some of the anxiety issues I have dealt with in my life. Anxiety is a reaction to something stressful that consumes one's mind and prevents them from taking action, and I think in this day and age where everything is electronic and you often can't escape from the source of your stress it can be overwhelming. So even though some of the ways I have depicted anxiety in this film are funny, it does reflect what having bad anxiety can really be like.
But this film is first and foremost a love story, and I hope viewers find it endearing. I wanted the paper stars and the handwritten letter to both be a break away from the digital "simultaneous happening," as well as a way for the love between the two characters to be expressed in a sincere and understanding way.
I also just really, really like love stories. ❤️
(I have really enjoyed taking this class this term and I look forward to the spring!)