The short film "The Me Bird" is a free interpretation of the homonym poem by Pablo Neruda. The inspiration in the strata stencil technique helps conceptualize the repetition of layers as the past of our movements and actions. The frames depicted as jail and the past as a burden serve as the background for the story of a ballerina on a journey towards freedom. A diversified artistic experimentation recreates the tempest that connects bird and dancer.
Art Direction: 18bis
Music: Conrado Kempers, Pedro Carneiro
Ballerina: Ana Luísa Azêdo
I am the Pablo Bird,
bird of a single feather,
a flier in the clear shadow
and obscure clarity,
my wings are unseen,
my ears resound
when I walk among the trees
or beneath the tombstones
like an unlucky umbrella
or a naked sword,
stretched like a bow
or round like a grape,
I fly on and on not knowing,
wounded in the dark night,
who is waiting for me,
who does not want my song,
who desires my death,
who will not know I'm arriving
and will not come to subdue me,
to bleed me, to twist me,
or to kiss my clothes,
torn by the shrieking wind.
That's why I come and go,
fly and don't fly but sing:
I am the furious bird
of the calm storm.
– Pablo Neruda
"The real question is not: How many ads do we see? The real question is: What do we have to do to see no ads? And the answer is: go to sleep" (James B. Twitchell)
We see ads everyday and everywhere. They have become part of our life. While some people try to avoid seeing ads, advertisers keep finding new ways to reach us. However, they are unable to reach us when we sleep. Our dreams are the last safe and add-free place so it seems.
But what happens when advertisers have the possibility to enter our dreams? Based on recent developments in brain science and technology this might be possible in the near future.
This animated short is an impression of a dream manipulated by a brand we all know.
Adaptation of Disney's classic The Lion King where we removed all animals from the movie's title sequence. Leaving us with the beautiful yet oppressive backgrounds of the African savanna.
Just to be clear. This is not an attack on Disney or anyone that worked on The Lion King. We are huge fans of their work. It's an homage to the original in which we used an already powerful work to deliver an even more powerful message.
Manipulation / Adaptation / Re-edit: Studio Smack
Directed by: Roger Allers & Rob Minkoff
Audio: "Circle of Life" Written by Elton John & Tim Rice, Arranged and Produced by Hans Zimmer, Performed by Carmen Twillie, African Vocals Performed by Lebo M.
Production Co: Walt Disney Pictures
For full credits: http://tinyurl.com/kf4zyyp