Faithful Impressions - MA Film Studies
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Zoe Crombie, MA Film Studies - Faithful Impressions

‘film ought to be based on human seeing, and not just the physical eyes but the mind’s eye: that is, what happens when the eye receives images from the outside and how they interrelate with remembered images on the inside of the mind’

- Stan Brakhage, 1996

This quote from pioneering experimental filmmaker Stan Brakhage refers to the invariably subjective nature of vision, and therefore of cinema, and effectively summarises the goal of my short animated experimental film Faithful Impressions.

Faithful Impressions is a short animated film about subjectivity, rememberance, and the fluidity of memory. Inspired by the works of Stan Brakhage, Maya Deren, and Lotte Reiniger, this lyrical animation interrogates ideas of viewing, laying bare the making of the film itself as part of the process of subjective understanding. Using avant-garde films like Dog Star ManThe Adventures of Prince Achmed, and Mothlight for thematic inspiration, the aesthetic is based upon my own interest in acrylic painting - the creation of Faithful Impressions was as much a therapeutic process for me as it was an assignment within LICA.

As a lyrical film, it depicts events from my own life in a way that privileges my own perception as the hypothetical protagonist of the film, while still allowing and encouraging alternate interpretations. In combining the medium specificities of animation, especially its ability to make familiar images more abstract and universal, and the themes of subjectivity that permeate many of Brakhage’s films, I aimed to create an open yet personal text.

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