A final project I did for an Introduction to Video Tehniques class.
to unfetter - to release from restraint or inhibition
The idea for this project consist of two different discourses. One talks about animating a dead object – giving life to something that is not alive. When an audience is watching a movie, they usually focus on actors, but rarely on connections between them. A director has to be very skillful to present the invisible ties that surround the characters. However, if the subject of the film becomes an object, and is thus dehumanized, the audience no longer finds it interesting by itself and can be more vigilant of the relationship between the object and the outside world. With that in mind, I cast an umbrella as my lead.
I got the idea from Pixar movies, which always knew how to give personalities to ordinary things – even their title lamp has more life than a lot of real actors. Not to mention Cars or WALL-E. I planned to use the same concept for the umbrella, although I didn’t animate it in such a way. I still believe that giving to much emphasize on the title actor would water down the theme of the film.
The actual theme deals with personal purpose. Everybody is searching for their place in the world (most of people go through this phase during their adolescence). We are looking for something that would give sense to our existence, something to do in our life, something that would fit us into the puzzle of society.
But when people try to find their meaning, objects already know it. Because that is the definition of their being. A spoon is meant to help us eat, a car is meant to drives us around, an envelope is supposed to carry letters. But what to do when you know your purpose, but can't fulfil it. The world doesn't allow it. So you have to struggle, fight, rebel ... Albert Camus once said: »With rebellion, awareness is born.« (A.T. Padavanno, 1966). It means that if you don't struggle, you can't undestand, can't see the truth. Nobody can really be happy excepting that which is given to him. The search for purpose is always a journey and it is bound to be perilous.