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Dreams

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Published on Jan 5, 2012

A hand drawn stop frame animation by Sam Cox. The animation uses 2927 photos placed alongside one and other. The piece took roughly about 200 hours to create, over a series of late nights taking place from September 2011 to January 2012. The photos had to be taken at night to capture the lighting I wanted.

The animation explores the concepts of our dreams. The animation has metaphoric significance hidden within the characters and events that take place.

Many of our dreams are made up entirely of things we have witnessed, people we have met and events we have participated in. Our dreams often appear very abstract, but they frequently have true meaning behind them. We often dream about what worries us, what we care about or loved ones. Sometimes it's hard to define when you are dreaming or when you are truly conscious. But who is to say truly when you are asleep, or when you are living. Because anything can really happen during your time dreaming you can imagine the strangest situations. If you feel conscious throughout both your dreams and reality, then what is the true difference? This breaks the barrier of the impossibilities of certain things occurring, therefore anything is possible. Although we cannot truly conceive this as we can only recreate and envision what we know. We cannot imagine a new colour, much like we cannot imagine what would be here if the world wasn't. What does nothing look like? We cannot imagine what we do not know. Every single thought that passes through our heads is a complex mix of areas of our life rearranged. We cannot simply create something entirely new. In our dreams we feel we can create new situations and do whatever we like. But we still live under the restriction of only knowing what we know. This animation explores the discovery of the unreal, strange concepts and abstract sequences, generated from reality based topics from everyday life.

Almost each part of the sequence describes an everyday situation, moral or life lesson. The human figure that appears about a third of the way through the animation is shown to explore the idea of stress. The concept that many of us feel under stress almost all the time, we often let it get the better of us and let it take over and it shows. This is presented by the man's eye's expanding and his hair beginning to loosen and sprout out of his skin.

The pipeline sequence from the animation explores the idea of how we can all take different routes through our lifetime; we each go separate ways from making the choices we decide to take. The sad truth is, we all end in the same position, we all lose our life at some point, no matter which way we go. The pipeline ends in a black circle, and rebegins in a new area. This emulates the concept of a new life, the possibility of an afterlife. The chance to re start and experience new life.

The fish character that appears at the end of the film presents the idea of natural beings becoming too attached to technology. How many humans depend on mobile phones and the internet every day? So much so that our man made technical devices almost become a part of us, like another part of our body.

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