This video was my submission for an assignment that involved the remaking of another student’s earlier 60 second silent video assignment but with the required element of sound.
I chose to remake a video by Ava Cochrane. Her video set out to show a sort of transition from her past into the future and highlight an acceptance of new experiences after a ritual cleansing and letting go of a highschool heirloom.
After identifying and loosely sticking to her storyboard, I applied my own personal story to the short film and came out with a remixed and honest depiction of my life.
Rather than also converting my footage to black and white like Ava's original, I chose to keep this version in full colour as I felt it was not only more aesthetically pleasing, but more honest in accordance to my subject matter. Unlike black and white, the colour version of this film shows dried paint on my hands, the warmth of a face in recovery and the occasional coldness of a cleansing shower.
As of the 25th of February 2013, I have achieved 12 months of sobriety. My video specifically was an abstract attempt to show the daily struggle of recovery, and present an honest and emotional narrative of the most personal and dark side of myself as an individual, and my life as a whole.
I chose to use an abbreviated instrumental version of Gary Jules’ “Mad World” as its quietly subtle and somber nature accurately reflected the emotional impact I would have imagined this video to achieve without subjecting my video to the direction of the lyrics themselves. Rather than Jules’ voice narrating my story, my body language speaks for itself and contributes to the intimate nature of the video itself.