Title

Animalia

Lead Author Major

Theatre Arts

Format

Student Film Festival

Faculty Mentor Name

Patti McCarthy

Faculty Mentor Department

Film Studies

Abstract/Artist Statement

Animalia is an experimental work dealing with the effects of alcohol. It tells a rather loose story of three men running through an orchard, enjoying a bottle of alcohol. One of the three men decides he wants the bottle from himself and bolts in the opposite direction with the bottle. These men begin to fight over control of the bottle. This then pushes their characters from humans to animals, reflected in the masks that they don in the later sections of the film. Intermittently dispersed amongst the film are fast edits, inserting stock footage of animals fighting, close-ups of actors, and creating life that develops a larger scare with the need for alcohol – all placed to a nightmarish score and sound effects.With this film, I wished to explore the avenue of alcohol dependence; This dependence forces us to forget ourselves and eventually turn our cognitive thoughts back to base instincts. This is accomplished by creating a progression and suggestion throughout the film that leaves the audience with a cantilevered view and discontinuous flashes of animal anger. My overall goal is to create a piece of film that can probe the minds of audiences and spark meaningful conversations around the idea of alcohol dependence.

Location

Janet Leigh Theatre

Start Date

10-5-2020 7:00 PM

End Date

10-5-2020 10:00 PM

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Animalia

Janet Leigh Theatre

Animalia is an experimental work dealing with the effects of alcohol. It tells a rather loose story of three men running through an orchard, enjoying a bottle of alcohol. One of the three men decides he wants the bottle from himself and bolts in the opposite direction with the bottle. These men begin to fight over control of the bottle. This then pushes their characters from humans to animals, reflected in the masks that they don in the later sections of the film. Intermittently dispersed amongst the film are fast edits, inserting stock footage of animals fighting, close-ups of actors, and creating life that develops a larger scare with the need for alcohol – all placed to a nightmarish score and sound effects.With this film, I wished to explore the avenue of alcohol dependence; This dependence forces us to forget ourselves and eventually turn our cognitive thoughts back to base instincts. This is accomplished by creating a progression and suggestion throughout the film that leaves the audience with a cantilevered view and discontinuous flashes of animal anger. My overall goal is to create a piece of film that can probe the minds of audiences and spark meaningful conversations around the idea of alcohol dependence.