This is a short film I produced whilst studying for my degree. The process involved creating a panorama montage of archive photos in Photoshop and then feeding this through After Effects to animate.
Being in the same location for fifteen years Claire Smith became nonchalant to the cultural and physical changes happening around her. Returning to Wickford after moving away gave her some perspective and opened her eyes to those transformations in light of further modifications to the town.
The place she knew and grew up in felt like a distant memory; Flats have replaced open spaces, Houses have been knocked down and replaced by multiple newer builds; all as part of a master plan to redevelop the town centre.
The 'Wickford' Smith refers to as home, is just a fleeting moment in the transformation of the Essex town. In 'Estranged' Smith contrasts what the town once was with what it has become, and the pace in which this transformation has taken place.
Song credit to Vitaminam soundcloud.com/vitaminam