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LIKE THE WITHERING OF A ROTTING STONE AT SEA
On the Christmas of 2019, my family traveled to Morocco. I took this as an opportunity to film the grand landscapes and develop a story between two masks. Dragging my brother and my father around Morocco, asking them to pose and to help me shoot the visions in my head, resulted in this video.
The Video is called “Like the Withering of a Rotting stone at sea” and was made to express and explore my interpretation of love . The title is inspired by a Chinese pronoun: “海枯石烂” (hai ku she lan) which describes a sort of blind state of love that will perceive to exist regardless of any crumbling rock or the drying of any sea. I explore this pronoun though the masked figures giving them a very typical and cliche love story of falling blindly in love and then breaking up.
The glory of love is expressed through the “Bolero” track by Maurice Ravel played though the majority of the film (which I had listened to a lot whilst on my trip in Morocco) and the accompanying images of the two figures joyfully dancing and exploring the surreal vast landscapes of desert, pools and Christmas trees. In addition to the pronouns, the video also takes phrases from the script of the film Casablanca by Michael Curitz which essentially also tells a love story of two blind lovers in the Moroccan city, Casablanca.
I decided to come back to the video during the quarantine, refining and considering how I was going to present it. Originally I wanted to build a puppet stage for the video to be presented in, allowing people to sit by the stage and watch the 7 minute video. This was to further build on the story telling element of love stories, seeing the masked figures as puppets, and the instruments compositions as orchestrated music. I recognized the ambition of this will, and due to the quarantine, thought it would be more interesting to explore this though a digital medium.
I used this as an opportunity to familiarize myself with Cinema 4D, building my own stage by painting a green screened stage (inspired by the story) and then rebuilding that into a 3D model that could be placed in a 3D build desert. I added a reference of time, attempting to make the experience of watching something in 2D seem as if was in real-time. This was really fun and the video became a really nice project for me to practice and get familiar with switching between programs when working from one project.