Hello my name is Ruixi Yang, you can call me Ivan either. I am a sociology student from Guangzhou, China. I have been studying film courses at the university for these two years, although my major is in sociology, I have a huge passion on filmmaking, especially on experimental films. As I see making movies as expressing my own thoughts, reflecting on the society and the world. Thanks everyone for watching my work here.

Visit my youtube channel: https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLJUzGJt0_QXli_WnFbMNXmkl6dhlN3CH0 to the full list of the film.

Reincarnation is a film which express my understanding of death from the religious perspective. The word of reincarnation comes from the religious word ‘Saṃsāra’ from Buddhism. The key point of this concept is that they believe that human soul will never vanish. Death means that the human soul is separated from the physical body, and then the soul will be reborn in a new body. So death is not an end, but a beginning. Another key fact to remember, Taoism has developed a similar point of view to death. In a word, Buddhism and Taoism are both positive about death. I strongly agree with these concepts, therefore, I decided to use the form of a film to imagine what the person is doing or where the person is going after the death.

Reincarnation was inspired by Meshes of the Afternoon (1943) directed by Maya Deren and has deeply affected by what Deren considers as “Reality and Recognition”. The abstract and discontinuous scenes in the film were connected by logic and emotion, in order to creat the invisible narrative structure of the film. Thus, I used some special objects to represent what is happening, trying to connect these objects to describe a journey. In addition to the temporal connection between objects, there is also a spatial connection between them. When choosing representative objects, I referred to traditional Chinese sacrificial customs. At the same time, adding Buddhist elements to the movie is more conducive to expressing my understanding of death.

I would like to especially introduce the sound and color of this film here. Before that, I would like to express my appreciation to my friend who is also the composer of this film, Yaoyang Liu. He just graduate from Communication University of China and major in sound director. You can see more information on his Linkedin page: linkedin.com/in/yaoyang-liu-7b0996181

Since there is no dialogue in this movie, the sound becomes very important. In addition to the use of logic and emotion to create a narrative structure as I said, the objects in the discontinuous scenes are connected in time and space. This is only one part of the narrative structure, and the other part is sound. The role of music can not only express the emotions of the filmmaker, but also mobilize the emotions of the audience, so that the audience can feel the purpose of the filmmaker. At the same time, using the unique rhythm of music can enrich the means of storytelling and make the whole film more complete.

Reincarnation had also introduced the concept of Yin and Yang from Taoism. It generally refers to all opposite and related factors, such as heaven and earth, white and black, sun and moon, etc. That is one of the reasons why I would like to make this film in black and white. Besides, this can distinguish it from the real world, implying that this is the imaginary world after death.

Hope everyone could enjoy the film! 

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