Morphology of Masks

One day in the not-so-recent future, the Vulture, the Gator, and the Panther set out to have a look at humanity. This is what they saw...

  • Colleen O'Connor
    Director
  • Colleen O'Connor
    Writer
  • Rilran Stompson
    Writer
    New Orleans Spirits, "Barbershop Bounce ft. JC Styles," The Naughty List, Radio Wizard, The Legend of el Pogo Fuego
  • Billy-Rand Poisel
    Producer
    Turnaround
  • Colleen O'Connor
    Producer
    Turnaround, Naughty List, Modern Day Colonizers
  • Sam Wilson
    Key Cast
    "Himself"
  • Project Type:
    Animation, Documentary, Experimental, Music Video, Short, Virtual Reality, Web / New Media
  • Genres:
    Mythology, dance, Guerrilla, lyrical
  • Runtime:
    8 minutes 33 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    August 4, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    50 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
    English, Slovak
  • Shooting Format:
    Black Magic, Cannon 60D, iPhone5
  • Aspect Ratio:
    9:16
  • Film Color:
    Black & White and Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    Yes
  • Student Project:
    Yes
  • Rough Cut Screening
    Atlantis
    Abkhazia
    August 13, 2019
    ?NA, Herclitus
    N.O. Awards
Distribution Information
  • Indywood Inc.
    Country: Abkhazia
    Rights: All Rights, Internet, Video on Demand, Hotel, Airline, Theatrical, Video / Disc, Paid TV, Console / Handheld Device
    Country: United States
    Rights: All Rights
Director Biography - Colleen O'Connor

Colleen O'Connor is native of New Orleans and Lafayette, Louisiana. As a singer of filmic tunes, she strives to envision true magic. As a listener of tall tales, she tries to echo instinctive dialogue. Over the past year, Colleen has written and produced four short films in association with her friends at Indywood Shadowplay: Three satires riffing on the gossip of gentrification, the sorrows of mactivist feminism, and the hilarity of nihilist paganism, and most recently an industrial noir thriller, "Turnaround," about a man battling destiny (which she hopes to show at Southern Screen!). She’s currently in pre-production on a grindhouse double-feature script called “The Floating of New Atlantis,” with her partners at Feel Focus& Flow Films.

Add Director Biography
Director Statement

"The Morphology of Masks" is about a story told through cultural posturing. The act of caricaturing past spirits that emerge from a discombobulated present. As the “Director,” I’ll declare myself Aladdin and ask: Do you trust me? Let us slip away on the winds of postmodernism, flying on a carpet of montage, to a distant past of the very near future…
This film has actually been sort of a self-imposed practice/research assignment. A couple friends and I have been writing a sprawling epic about New Orleans, called “The Floating of New Atlantis.” The grindhouse double–feature which we have written is only the first two chapters of a grand saga that imagines the Atlantian past, the sinking present, and glorious distant future of Louisiana.
And now we enter into a new time, when the vampires look for emptiness in the mirror, but all they see is Frankenstein’s Monster waiting for make-up. A wise man once said: “First there was a dot. And when there were two dots, there was a line. And when there was three dots, there was a face.” And that’s the face we wear.
Given a couple days of editing, we will have a complete story: Long, long ago, the spirits lived among us…and they still do today! “The Morphology of Masks” is a dream-inspired reel through the mythological reality that surrounds us. Once a mind is attuned to a certain semiological investigation, there comes a memory, like a daemon whispering in an ugly wise man's ear: "Dawn the mask." A fresh face can bloom into a radio to the cosmos. We made this film with the subtle suspicion, not really known in the moment but obvious from the footage, that we are not going through End Times, as some have said "forever"…We have already past them.