Proust Film

Due Dates

  • Due on: 09/12/2018
  • Assigned: 09/07/2018

"I feel that there is much to be said for the Celtic belief that the souls of those whom we have lost are held captive in some inferior being, in an animal, in a plant, in some inanimate object, and so effectively lost to us until the day (which to many never comes) when we happen to pass by the tree or to obtain possession of the object which forms their prison. Then they start and tremble, they call us by our name, and as soon as we have recognised their voice the spell is broken. We have delivered them: they have overcome death and return to share our life.

And so it is with our own past. It is a labour in vain to attempt to recapture it: all the efforts of our intellect must prove futile. The past is hidden somewhere outside the realm, beyond the reach of intellect, in some material object (in the sensation which that material object will give us) which we do not suspect. And as for that object, it depends on chance whether we come upon it or not before we ourselves must die."

The above excerpt from Le Recherche du Temps Perdu posits an interesting idea - that people can be "captured" in an object, and by extension, our own past - our lost time (du temps perdu) - can be captured in an object, and object which is somewhere out there, waiting for us to find.

Get the full excerpt here.

Your task is to make a very short film (approx. 1 -3 minutes) exploring this idea of the past as contained in an object.

Some Guidelines

No dialog, no narration, but there can be sound.

These are solo films - you are writer, director, actor(s) and cameraman.

You don't have to have a character in it, it can be essentially people-less and just composed of shots of things - whatever you need to get your story across.

Shoot entirely on a cellphone camera.

Final format is a .mov or mp4 file.

Upload your films to the Dropbox link you received via email.

Due Wednesday morning at 9am - I need time to download all films so we can watch them.

A short, good film is better than a long bad one. For god sakes don't be boring. 

Some Ideas

About life trapped in an object.

POV Noir - Dark Passage.

POV Noir - Lady In the Lake (with bad acting!)

Yes, a POV, but Pointless.

Yes, a POV, but Pointless even more.

Violent and Video Game inspired...

Well shot, poorly made.

Meditative - by STAC guest artist Anthony Natoli.

About memory. Good but obvious.