Michelle Brand
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Not The Same River. Not The Same Man.

Not The Same River. Not The Same Man (2017) - Trailer

DURATION 00:03:00
MEDIUM Digital Animation and Traditional Animation (Acrylic Paintings)
PRODUCTION University for the Creative Arts, 2017

SYNOPSIS A fisherman takes his boat out on the river. While he and his surroundings are in constant flow, the viewer observes the passing of time, watching everything go through movement and change. In an ever-flowing cycle, things come to be, change, evolve, and pass on...

- 'No man ever steps in the same river twice. As it's not the same river, and he's not the same man.' (Heraklit)

Created with acrylic paints, this animation explores the idea of time and movement in animation. As we believe, only through change and movement, we can perceive time. In animation, this relationship is deepened as only through change time and movement, can exist, with a change happening frame by frame.

Film Statement

Film Statement

The initial concept of the film is the exploration of time and movement in animation. Time has always been a great discussion in philosophy, and only one conclusion remains universal – time is only perceivable through change and motion. This concept can be expressed very appropriately in animation, as it is a medium that creates time, and creates (the illusion of) movement, with a change taking place frame by frame.

  ‘No man ever steps in the same river twice, for it’s not the same river and he’s not the same man.’  (Heraclitus)  This quote nicely sums up the philosophical discussion on time and movement, expressing how vital change is in relation to time, and offering an appropriate analogy that I will visualise in the animation. 

‘No man ever steps in the same river twice, for it’s not the same river and he’s not the same man.’ (Heraclitus)

This quote nicely sums up the philosophical discussion on time and movement, expressing how vital change is in relation to time, and offering an appropriate analogy that I will visualise in the animation. 

Change in Man

Change in Man

Following Heraklitus’ river’s analogy, the film will be following the idea of how everything constantly changes, but yet stays the same in its essential parts, and still remains recognisable. The changes to the man will be expressed through the use of different colour and styles of the body’s inside space.  

Change in River

Change in River

The changes to the river will be expressed with a particular blue tone that will remain whenever something moves through the river and causes it to change. Consequently, the river will turn from white to blue towards the end.

Editing

Editing

Following Heraklitus’ quote, the film’s editing will concentrate on how everything is connected, and how if one thing changes, something else must change with it. Therefore, I will aim at building a connection between the fisherman and the river, and present how both change with each other, and because of each other.

Sound Design

Sound Design

The soundtrack will be the musical piece ‘Silence’ by Motion Trio. It consists of a main melody that can be looped, appropriately changing the rhythm to emphasise the contrast between calmness and motion, so that the soundtrack’s rhythm can be explored and played with just as much as the film imagery.

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Visual Design

Visual Design

The visual design expresses the river through the use of white space. This emphasises any movement and change taking place on it, through a change to colour, and also lets any colour remaining on it, stand out. Many artists from different epochs inspired me to finalise the design I have now. 

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