Imagine waking up in a field not knowing how or why you ended up there. What you do remember is all scrambled and coded in a dream. Awaken is a narrative about a boy awakening from an unconscious state. The ‘score’ of this short film, which was created in the last exercise, is what the boy is hearing while he is drifting back to reality. The dream, which are all the stop motion clips, are a mix of memory and his subconscious (which is the boy with the white shirt in the chair) warning him that he is in danger. The danger (which is the man in black) can be interpreted in many ways. It could be the inner conflict of good and evil or the dangers that lurk all around us or possibly a memory of the person who had taken him….
This brings me to the topic of dreams. Dreams are a complex thing. They are always full of complex and confusing messages that often repeat, change and grow. The do not always flow like a film. They sometimes can seem like you are frozen in time. They sometimes only show you flashes of images and then blackness. With this short film I wanted to incorporate all of this to create a sense of surrealism and wonder.
So, What is the message? and what exactly does the man in black mean? That’s for you to figure out…