“Rust Within Olympus” is a film short designed to resemble the trailer to a full-length movie. The overarching theme of the short centers around narcissism, and the damage a narcissistic person can do to those around them. A true narcissist never consciously chooses their actions; the disorder creates a distorted sense of self. I understand this as I watched pathological narcissism take over, and ruin, the life someone extremely close to me.

The protagonist of the story is the personification of narcissism, portrayed as a Spanish explorer obsessed with finding a ‘Garden of Eden’ (which, in reality, is his self-obsession). He will do anything, use anyone, and let anyone die without a second thought if it means reaching his objective. The story is told from a second-hand perspective by the narrator, who is the protagonist’s companion. I scripted the film in Spanish to place the viewer in an unfamiliar state of mind; a metaphor for the distorted thinking of a narcissist.

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