However horrid, what happened back then, many times before, happened since, is happening now and will continue happening in the future. It is an effect of who we are as humanity, a result of how short our memory span can be, especially when it is convenient. But this film is not intended as a criticism of human’s egocentric, violent, sadistic, domineering nature, or the sense of superiority some endlessly strive to achieve over others, whether two, four, six or eight legged or winged. This film would be an act of visual poetry, homage to human essence, its beauty and ugliness, gentleness and sadism, love and hate, but above all about life, how precious, fragile and illusive it is. How easily it can be flickered away, how simply and almost magically, what makes are real, emotional, solid and alive can dissipate into a dusty smoke, evaporating into eternity. All that is left behind is ash and memories of what was and could have been.
It is these ashes that have inspired in me a concept for creation of a short animated film in charcoal, an ash material seemingly inseparable from the subject, reflective of it, defining its essence, capturing its vaporous memories as fragile as the film’s theme. It will be brought to life, and empowered, by the magically metamorphic artistic media of animation.
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