‘Jitter’ is a short, surrealistic horror where the puppets are now in charge. Operating from an untouchable realm, their agenda is to transform ‘No Place’ – a fantastical Utopian dream - in to a Dystopian nightmare by carving it up and brutally removing the non-compliant. There is hope, however, in the form of some youthful idealism…

  • John Vincent
  • John Vincent
  • John Vincent
  • Project Type:
    Animation, Experimental, Short, Other
  • Genres:
    Surrealism, Horror, Fine Art
  • Runtime:
    9 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    October 15, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    100 GBP
  • Country of Origin:
    United Kingdom
  • Country of Filming:
    United Kingdom
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  • Garden Gasp!
    United Kingdom
    October 17, 2019
Director Biography - John Vincent

John Vincent is an artist and film maker based in Letchworth Garden City, England.

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‘Jitter’ plays out like a nightmare and like most dreams works in a number of ways with a semi-coherent yet fragmented narrative. Unknown elements are replaced with substitutes, in this case puppets replace an unknown group that run ‘No Place’ where the film is set. The place name has a dual meaning in that 'No Place' is the literal translation of 'Utopia' but in the film - in the absorption of the day to day - is reinterpreted as homelessness or its ever-present threat (of becoming homeless) due to the ease with which it can.

The title ‘Jitter’ refers not only to the awkward actions of the hooded character, but also forms a reference to worries associated repeated media phrases such as ‘property market jitters’ and contribute to the anxious atmosphere.

The Garden City of Letchworth forms the backdrop to the this fictional town of ‘No Place’. This is another reference to Utopia. Often, this term is assigned to the Garden City but in reality this perfect place does not really exist.