One In Seven Billion

Creative Direction

Inferiority is a concept that most people, including myself, tend to deal with for quite a long time. Though some people may have the ability to disregard feelings of insignificance, we all subconsciously measure ourselves for different reasons. An individual in the world of seven billion people; one dimly lit star hidden amongst a myriad others. This project highlights the “insignificance” that hinder us from realizing how much we contribute to the world. We strive to come to terms with the expectations of our peers, parents, loved ones, role models and by default the society and cultural norms in which we live. Choose to fit in and you become unoriginal, but choose to stand out and you feel somehow out of place. There are two great realities within this project: yes, you are simply a speck in the grand orchestra of life, but also that your uniqueness is a result of this.

The mind is a limitless spatial environment, hosting layers upon layers of consciousness. The project is divided into seven layers strung together as a thought process. Each of these layers, represent how inferiority is perceived from acknowledgement to realization: absence of thought, acknowledgement, interpretation, implication, sinking in, acceptance and appreciation.

Art Direction

Black and white, being the highest form of contrast, was instrumental in communicating the comparative thesis behind my project. When distressed, we often cannot control what we think of, thus one fleeting thought leads to the next. In order to communicate this, I animated typography with techniques that represent a train of thought; playing the role of the persona. The music and sound design played a critical role in keeping the viewer engaged emotionally throughout the piece, this is where the exceptionally talented Henrik Jose came in. By utilizing shakes and environmental sounds, we were able to mesh it all into an audiovisual experience. Most of my illustrations are flawed and dusty as markers of human flaw and authenticity. Ironically I discovered how attentive I was to my own mistakes within my work. As I was making revisions, I distanced myself from a ‘perfectionist’ mentality, leaving certain design flaws in order to show the genuine nature of my process. I preferred using a wider composition so that the viewer felt more immersed into the project, based on the psychological principle of “flow”. The wider composition lends itself for greater focus, and engagement with the content.

  • Joash Berkeley
  • Joash Berkeley
  • Alex Wiggins
  • Henrik José
    Music/Sound Design
  • Viktor Rodriguez
    Voice Actor
  • Eugene De Guzman
    Intro Quote Hand Letterer
  • Joash Berkeley
  • Joash Berkeley
  • Project Type:
    Animation, Short, Student
  • Genres:
    Social Impact, Conceptual, Fine Art
  • Runtime:
    1 minute 45 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    May 29, 2016
  • Production Budget:
    0 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    Trinidad and Tobago
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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  • Film Color:
    Black & White and Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
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Director Biography - Joash Berkeley

Joash Berkeley is a young motion graphics student at the Savannah College of Art & Design who aspires to be a creative director one day. He puts concept-driven design at the forefront of his work, inspired by creatives such as Patrick Clair, Alan Williams and Ash Thorp.

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Director Statement

I am a visual storyteller that takes emotion, an intangible quality, and encode it into something tangible for people to interact with.