A photo-roman film by Nick Childers adapted from Chris Marker's film, La Jeteé
Photo stills animated with After Effects.
As we live our lives enduring through time, the human mind seeks out moments. Moments that have a particular meaning or value which we look back on in hopes of understanding the future. Everything you have experienced in this physical world is reborn within the mind as an element of another intangible and subconscious world. But what if you could relive your memories as if they were reality? Then could it be possible to relive the past?
In this photo-roman film, Cathedral, our main character living in the post-apocalyptic future finds himself as the test subject of an experiment that does just this. Adapted from Chris Marker’s, La Jetée, this film tells this man’s story as well as his brother’s in the present day as they find their selves on a quest to understand the unclear memories that haunt them. It isn’t until the end do they end up understanding their meanings and the foresight they contain.
Categorized as science fiction, this film is intended to entertain the imagination, as animated still-images give an entirely new life to traditional photo narratives. But as photography and video technologies continue to advance, so do the possibilities for bridging the gap between them.