Filmed in the 2006, it took 6 months of work (distributed throughout 2 years…) to make almost the 90 takings that appear in the short one. 3dMax, FumeFx, Glu3d, AfterEffects, Photoshop and Premiere. They were spent a U$s300 in extras.
The Final Project for my year 0 course at The Arts University College At Bournemouth.
Panic Attacks and mental health issues in general are not widely illustrated in films. It is quite hard to explain what Panic attack sufferers endure to people that never suffered from them. In society there are many myths and missleading opinions that panic attack is nothing but a fruit of imagination and that it is completely harmless to individuals lives. While in reality Panic attacks can often destroy lifes or atleast disbalance them from the normal routine. Imagine that suddenly, out of the blue, something deep inside your brain would convince your body that you are about to stop breathing. Or worse that someone is about to kill you and your family. The fealing so strong that your mind and body cant fight against it and all that is left to do is panic, scream and run. Now imagine this feeling comes to you at work, school, durring a meeting with your friends or just randomly at night in your bed. Places where you felt safe and happy aren't the same anymore. And what is worse - there is no way to fight it, one can only learn how to life with it.
Panic attacks are like predators to their sufferers. They come and leave whenever they desire, leaving a dark mark in the lives of the ones it visits. This film is my interpretation of Panic attacks.
Written, Directed and Edited by Kestutis Saulenas.
Camera by Bertie Sampson.
Starring Phoebe Fleming.
Special thanks to Rupert Rose Antoine.