hi everyone! :)
i'm so honoured & excited to be a part of the team of resident curators for the site, as a video & text curator. i'm champing at the bit to support & encourage the incredibly talented writers, video-makers & remixers on hitRECord.
here's a little video i put together to introduce myself & tell you a bit about what i'm planning to do.
I think how you put on a duvet cover says a lot about you. I mean, first up you have the bolshy types who turn it inside out & pull it over their head, before grabbing the duvet and turning the cover back the right way round. They’re the not-afraid-to-get-their-hands-dirty folk who don't fear going head first into a situation, quite literally in these circumstances. Thinking outside the box while inside the covers. Creative problem-solvers. And, well, then you have the people who just crawl right on inside to get the job done and I’m pretty sure that has disasterous consequences most of the time - worst case scenario is suffocating for the clumsiest (and I’m sure it’s happened) - though I must say I admire their gumption.
On the opposite end of the spectrum, you have the people who...
Stop Motion & Icon: IrmaVep
Music by: TheTenant & TheBoxSets
Key Illustrations: xobreexo23
Made & screened at Sundance Film Festival 2010.
INT. HOME - DAY
An ALARM CLOCK goes off. We see a montage of a man, GRAHAM, getting up & excitedly going about his morning routine as he gets ready & goes to work.
Do you ever feel like a salmon? Wait, hear me out.
So, there are all these fish: trout, cod, haddock,
rainbow trout - - uh, what were the ones in Finding
Nemo? Anyway, there's all these fish just going with
the flow, making their way sensibly down the river.
Then there's you, the stubborn little salmon forcing
your way upstream against the current, like an idiot.
Mondays make me feel like a salmon. Fridays too, but
mostly Mondays. On Mondays I'm a happy go lucky
salmon, and by the weekend I'm not usually feeling
so upbeat anymore. Perhaps it's all that swimming.
INT. OFFICE BUILDING - DAY
GRAHAM arrives at work. Head up, he strides past a bunch of people who look miserable at a slow pace. He greets the receptionist, MARGARET. She has a mountain of coffee cups already forming at the corner of her desk.
Morning, Margaret! Lovely day, isn't it?
Margaret just looks at him sourly as he walks past. He goes up in the lift to his floor and sits down in his cubicle. The office is drab, his colleagues all look grey and beleaguered. He looks across to the adjacent empty cubicle and audibly takes a deep breath. He looks at the clock, then his watch, then the clock again.
POLLY is standing at the entrance to his cubicle.
Hey Polly! How was your weekend?
Quiet, but that's the way I like it. How about you?
Same. Pretty quiet in all. Thanks for asking.
Polly sits down at her cubicle across from his. He leans over towards her.
Polly? Do you ever feel like a salmon?
Polly laughs and copies him in leaning back.
A salmon? Like the fish?
Yeah, like the fish. Hear me out…
Their boss, CLIVE, appears and stands between them facing GRAHAM. They both lean back again into their cubicles.
You two! If I have to discipline you for talking again, I'll do it.
And it won't just be a rap on the knuckles this time. It's 9:05
and you haven't even got your computers on yet. Polly, for god's
sake, you've still got your coat on. Get to work!
They both face forward and turn on their computers. Clive wanders off. The just audible sounds of him telling off someone else can be heard in the background.
He looks up & across to her.
How did you know?
How did I know what?
Polly unzips her coat quickly to reveal she's wearing a salmon pink jumper with sequins on it.
That I feel like a salmon! It was the first thing
I thought when I put this on this morning!
Graham tries not to laugh out loud. Polly pulls the collar over her mouth and let's out a quiet laugh into the inside of her jumper.
CLIVE (Off screen)
I can still hear you.
They stop laughing instantly and face their computers again.
INT. MEETING ROOM - DAY
Graham is at the front of the room giving a presentation to a group of people all sat around a table in the middle of the room. At the back of the room, there is a large window.
…So, as you can see, figures suggest we really
need to tighten our belts this month or… or...
Graham loses his train of thought as he sees Polly animatedly pretending to swim past the window with her salmon pink jumper on.
EXT. GRASS OUTSIDE THE OFFICE - DAY
Polly and Graham are sat on the grass with their packed lunches.
It is. Highly offensive. I'm offended.
But you're not a tuna, you're a salmon.
Us sea creatures have to stick together.
Graham takes an exaggerated big bite of his tuna sandwich.
But he was so young! Cut down in his prime!
She points emphatically at the sandwich. Everyone in the park is staring at them. Graham takes another bite of his sandwich.
Alright. I didn't like him much anyway. If
I'm honest, I always thought he was a bit fishy.
Graham groans. They grin at each other and continue eating.
INT. OFFICE - AFTERNOON
Graham and Polly are sitting at their cubicles again.
Oh, Polly? I've got this letter to post but I'm not sure if
I've got the correct postage. Do you have any scales
I could - - Oh, wait, stupid question.
Polly sticks her tongue out at him & shimmies so the sequins on her jumper twinkle under the lights.
First class or second class?
INT. OFFICE - EVENING
The office is quiet. Graham turns off his monitor while Polly is zipping up her coat.
See you tomorrow?
See you tomorrow.
Same time, different jumper!
Polly leaves. Graham smiles to himself and picks up his coat and bag.
EXT. THE STREET OUTSIDE THE OFFICE - EVENING
Graham walks out of the office building just as Polly is getting into the passenger seat of a car. Her husband is driving. They hug and kiss and he drives off. Polly spots Graham and gives him a wave. He waves back and his shoulders slump once the car has driven off around a corner.
He begins the walk home. He passes a large group of people all heading into a restaurant. They all walk around him and he struggles to keep out of their way as he walks in the opposite direction. He looks back at them briefly and sombrely before continuing his walk home.
Audio & Story: MadisenMusic (& Gabrielle)
Images: Kimshuttle & tori
A long time ago, I had this idea for how to animate "Skip & the Turtle" by MadisenMusic, but I didn't have the time to complete it. Well, finally, a year later - here it is. :)
Beneath it all, beneath the smiles and the gentle resting of hands, I was water. I was a prayer. I had accepted the fate that was uncurling and I was imitating an obelisk. Starchy. Between the Saturday and the Sunday, it was the hour of it. No one knew, until it was in retrospect. Sucking on gums. The hand released from under the blanket, with its familiar ring, now still. The carved diamond glinting in the low light of the lamp. There was a finality in the way you had said god bless and in the way you had said goodnight. I had focussed on the door, then left for school, my head pounding like running footsteps on pavement, with the urge to move, to evangelise your makeshift bedroom, to bend open the roof and airlift you out of your disillusion. But I was not a brain surgeon. I was a girl. And, for a little girl, it could only be a waiting game.
I'd waited for the time frame. I'd waited for the countdown. I curled up into a spiral, eyes wide and estimated the hour of it. It was early morning when the stretcher arrived. The men in black suits looked like slugs, top hats in hands, bowed heads. You looked like you were made of chalk. You looked like you had never been living, had never blinked, had never made a joke. They carted you down the hall and out through the back door. It was their business. You were their product now. Reality fell away and I found myself lying face up under my bed, staring at the brown weave like it was a magic eye puzzle. I had left my feet in the hallway. I had swallowed my tongue. The bones in my body had disintegrated. Still, my eyes fought for clues.
At some point, it had grown dark. My father picked me up with hands like great white handkerchiefs, parachutes. He laid me, paper thin, onto my mattress, touching my grey face delicately. There will be big black cars in the morning, he said, get some rest. I kept inhaling and exhaling. With the light peeking through the crack in the curtain as my sun dial, I memorised the ceiling until
I careened forward into a genuflection, tracing a cross with my finger over my chest, my Sunday routine on a Thursday. I was pretty sure my ears were coming away slowly so that only vague noises could get in: the shuffle of footsteps, the connection of wood with wood, the curtain pulled shut on you. I worried I was suffering an echo when an apology got stuck in my eardrum. I'm so sorry for your loss. I'm so sorry for your loss. I'm so sorry. A snake of suit trousers and black skirts, a procession of waists past me, with the occasional solemn pat on the head. The line dispersed and clusters formed, everyone clutching paper plates with sausage rolls and cake. With drooping eyelids that wouldn't close, I pondered what I was supposed to be celebrating with them.
Over time, I found words for you, saved them up, nurtured them into sentences. I ensnared you in the jaws of a string of poetry and then, wet-faced, finally, I fell out of consciousness in the same way a person. falls. down. dead.
the full double BREATHER page for the manifesto
there will always be an almost between us, silent like a shadow. a 'what if' every time our fingers brush together accidentally. (and sometimes on purpose.) it makes hour hands heavy in the time before i see you & the time after you leave. i wish i didn't breathe better in your company, life wasn't so colourful and i didn't know we would always just be an almost. we play in the same key, you and me. we always did. you mended me when i mended you when we both needed to be mended. it was messy. we were tired heads lolling, exhausted hands, red eyes, aching bodies from being huddled together on floors nursing hushed whispers. it was messy, but it had to be. we were losing light. we were broken. we seeped between the cracks of crowds and we pulled ourselves inside out in empty spaces...