Mind Control Attempt No. 1

Mind Control Attempt No. 1 is an experimental short film challenging bodily control, layering images and sounds to evoke urgency and tedium, ultimately immersing viewers in the visceral experience of needing to use the bathroom.

  • Erin Audley
    The Adventures of Vomit Cat and Cat Vomit
  • Erin Audley
    The Adventures of Vomit Cat and Cat Vomit
  • Project Type:
    Experimental, Short
  • Genres:
    Experimental, Non-narrative
  • Runtime:
    2 minutes 48 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    April 11, 2023
  • Production Budget:
    0 USD
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  • Student Project:
  • Student World Impact Film Festival

    United States
    Official Selection
Director Biography - Erin Audley

Erin was created in the mid-1980s, in Vancouver, BC. She has spent most of her life dreaming up and seeking out nightmares whilst surrounded by small woodland creatures. After a period of upheaval and unrest, Erin has returned to the place where she is from. It is here that she currently resides with two cats and her husband.

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Director Statement

My film "Mind Control Attempt No. 1" is part of a series of short films designed to evoke specific sensations. This film is meant to challenge viewers' sense of bodily control, creating a visceral experience of needing to use the bathroom.
The film layers a variety of images and sounds to create a both sense of urgency as well as tedium, in order to create an overall sensation of discomfort. The sound design plays a critical role, initially calming the viewer with the sound of a heartbeat and breathing, before shifting to the overwhelming sounds of running water. The imagery is carefully crafted to support the sound, creating a visual language that reinforces the sensation of needing to use the bathroom.
Ultimately, my intention with "Mind Control Attempt No. 1" was to challenge viewers to confront their own bodily sensations and to reflect on the power of suggestion and perception. I hope that this piece will inspire viewers to approach their sensory experiences with greater curiosity and awareness and to consider the ways in which their perceptions of the world can be shaped by external stimuli.