Project THEM – Short film
As the research aims to explore and visually communicate the question, how does the relationship between the established media and institutional racism create “the Other” as a result of social racism. And with the time and resources available for the project, I was able to create a dystopian short life-action film highlighting and over exaggerating the research question.
This project represents the powerful impact of society’s issues on the future by filming in the dystopian genre, and goes through all aspects of world making and filmmaking as a visual communication technique.
The visual representation of how damaging our unjust behavior and actions can be on our future generations. As one effect of the established media and the explosion of internet and social media, we live in a world where society and individuals are exposed to so much unfairness, hate, aggregation, violence and injustice that we started to normalize seeing the issues we are facing as a society and as a species. Our consistent exposure to images of hate, unfairness etc. through mainly social media become a normal part of our everyday life.
To use filmmaking techniques as visual communication tools I had to be accurate and precise creating the world, aesthetics and character to unsure clear delivery of the thought process behind the film.
Only in that imaginary world *winks*, big corporations, governments, and major institutions know how to manipulate the news. They fill the media with scoops, official accounts, interviews with the ‘experts’. They make themselves play an essential role in the journalism process. In the end, those who are in power and the others challenging and (exposing) them are playing for the same team.
As a visual communicator my main challenge was how to visualize dystopia. Especially since the project lacked the high-end visual effects of the classic dystopia. The process was enormous. To research, explore and discuss the theories, methods and process of researching, planning, designing, filming, and editing a short film was overflowing with constantly changing challenges. And each of those challenges gave me a new skill to learn and apply.