All Things Mellow in the Mind

I am a student living in Richmond, Virginia attending Virginia Commonwealth University. I am enrolled in the VCUarts Kinetic Imaging and Computer Science undergrad programs. This piece was done in my first animation class, the assignment was to animate to a poem of choice. I chose a poem by Duane Michals because of its beautiful and unique outlook on the reality of love. Michals describes the illusion of time and its effects on the human experience with regards to love. We often forget how short our moments are with people we love, and how valuable and irreplaceable these moments are. For the short duration of human lives, we need to cherish and embrace moments of love. I chose a Polaroid as a one of my major symbols in this animation because like moments of love, Polaroid pictures too fade over time. As the piece progresses the colors transition from reds and blues to a purple to show two people becoming one. The classic two becoming one story plays an important part in my piece because in that moment of love, only the two souls exist. In accordance to the theme of conjoined energy and intimacy, I thought it would be appropriate for my boyfriend to narrate the piece. I reflected often while creating and editing this animation on the human experience and how important love is to that experience. This piece serves as a reminder to people to remember to love.
Thank you for considering my work. I am an emerging animator trying to get my work out into more places. I appreciate all the time and attention my work receives. I look forward to hearing from you.

  • Claire Paisley
  • Duane Michals
  • Ryan Kern
  • Claire Paisley
  • Project Type:
    Animation, Short, Student
  • Runtime:
    47 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    May 15, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    0 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
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Director - Claire Paisley