Cubans working on the fields for free as a part of the community work,
(National Geographic, august 1960 : Beijing, a pictorial record by Brian Brake)
At the time of this photo, The Communist Party of China would have been already in power.
For this pitch I have found myself drawn to this image by Brian Brake taken in then, Communist China. The appearance of repetition and the uniformity of the girls in this photo strikes me as a reminder to the political regime of the time in this country.
I am interested in the parallels between communism and sports, and how sports can be (and has been) used as injunction with collectivism, nation building and other key factors of communist society. The success of the communist nation’s athletes were an important show of the party’s strength and intelligence over the capitalist rivals.
From my own background, (as a Cuban) I am aware personally through my family’s experience of the way sports was implemented in the regime. I would like to create a film that creates a parallel to the collectivism of communism with the unity of sports. Through this film, however, I do not wish to create any propaganda towards whether this is a benefit or a negative of communism instead I would simply like to create a comparison to the two. It is up to the audience to build their own opinion, as I intend to use Soviet Montage Theory as well as use of metamorphism to utilize juxtaposing shots to create a new unique meaning. For this reason, I intend to use 2D digital animation mostly for this film. I am however interested in the use of creating my own textures like the films by Brian Smee (link)
As for Sound Design, I would like to experiment more to use less literal and finding new interesting and unusual sounds to sync up to the actions. I want to move away from finding sounds off the internet and instead creating my own sounds or collaborating with a sound designer who may have a better understanding of experimental sound.
Riordan, James. “The Impact of Communism on Sport.” Historical Social Research / Historische Sozialforschung, vol. 32, no. 1 (119), 2007, pp. 110–115. http://www.jstor.org/stable/20762187.
I can see these influences in my own experiences; as while the Soviet Union fell in the 90s, in Cuba Communism still prevails. Cuba is decorated with painted propaganda around the island, it is unmissable.
Cuba’s athletic successes is a predominate part of Cuba’s pride.
In this pitch I am looking to create an adaptation of the popular book “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?” by Philip. K. Dick. This book has resonated with me because of it’s exploration into the debate of ‘What Makes Us Human?’ The book follows a bounty hunter who’s job it is to ‘retire’ escaped androids who have fled from Mars to Earth illegally. The protagonist begins the book not thinking of androids as anything but objects, using an empathy test to tell apart humans from the robots. He becomes conflicted as he continues his mission when he finds instances where androids have demonstrated more human qualities than humans. He begins to feel empathy towards the androids and becomes lost in his original perspective of the world around him.
While the live action adaptation of the book follows an action packed mission to destroy rogue androids, the book delves into very philosophical questions. I am more interested in expanding on this part of the book to explore the supposed differences between the human like and the real thing. These questions have arisen over the course of our technological advances in the century, cloning and artificial intelligence are slowly having relevance to the way we view ourselves and our purpose.
I would like to focus this film around two (ish) main characters, one human and the other an android. Rather than being a linear narrative, this film could be a look at two characters very separately slowly becoming more indistinguishable as the film progressed until the line between human and android are much more ambiguous.
For this project I would approach it using 2D Digital animation, with a sound design that reflects t he conflict between organic and artificiality that follows a similar correspondence to the film.
Lo and Behold, Reveries of the Connected World by Werner Herzog