This is an adaptation video of the poem “One Art” by Elizabeth Bishop. Her poem talks about the art of losing and how that’s suppose to strengthen a person because they’ve gone through it once and shouldn’t be as affected by it if it were to come again. Towards the end of the poem it takes a twist by saying that she isn’t bothered by it, but can see that it’s tearing her apart.
I wanted to take this into a surreal old-looking field of view with an engineer not wanting to fix up, what he calls, a broken machine. For this, I wanted to make a metaphor for both the machine and the engineer to be me and my creativity giving up on me. The box head character is also a play on words with the phrase “Thinking outside the box”. So I created a living character that embodies that phrase as the master mind of myself.
How I tried to adapt this to my poem was similar in a way of how Elizabeth talked about losing her lover. Making so that towards the beginning that the engineer wanted to quit talks about the machine like its his own child. Getting torn up about it, it drives him insane. Conflicting with himself until he tries to nullifies his thoughts in the end.
A lot of the struggles in this project came from the location. Finding the right location was key for this piece to work properly. I wanted a place that was barren but not to empty that it only focuses on just the characters. A more decaying look for this and the best option was the old storage room in the Mackenzie complex. My first location before this one was the senior studio which did not turn out the way I wanted since it almost came off as clean. It did not have that dirty yet barren look I needed.