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Published on Dec 13, 2008
Is it Just Me was produced by a collaborative effort with Sean Lake and with the guidance of John Sturgeon and Kelley Bell. The short film is a mental walk, a surreal observation of an environment from ones mind, investigating our obsession of self-learning through curiosity. The act of learning is metaphorically compared to the pursuit and engagement of unraveling a piece of tangled string, untangling and processing the chaos of foreign information into manageable and understandable knowledge. Globally it can be assumed that everyone possesses a string at any given moment, containing a varied collection of foreign information, waiting for its owner to unravel.
The film, however, narrows down to one sample, one individual, who untangles his string to unravel strange events within an environment in which he lives in. These strange events become more prominent as he is released from structured learning of the museum, and into the open societal world. His curiosity of this environment also fuels his learning of the self, actively and obsessively decoding the chaotically knotted string in his possession. Though the character may not seem to be directly interacting with the environment, however, he is indirectly interacting from his action of untangling string. Upon reaching the end of his journey, his self-revelation presents him with a pivotal decision.
What do these happenings mean? Is he the only one that is willing to notice them? Are others blinded by their self-censorship?
Thanks to: Sean Lake Clifford Ian Workman Christopher Moss Carla O'Rourke Kelley Bell John Sturgeon Saira Khan UMBC Visual Arts Department Robert Chubin Laura Schraven Laura Baptiste Smithsonian American Art Museum Bethany Bentley Leeza Papalanis Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery
For the techies: - Shot with Canon XH-A1 HDV cam w/ x0.75 Lens - Final output at 24p in 1080p - Audio captured with Oade Brothers modified Marantz 660 - Glidecam 2000 Pro Steadicam - Photos with Nikon D200 - Edited in Adobe Premiere Pro - Effects in Adobe After Effects w/ Magic Bullet - DVD authored in Adobe Encore CS3