Spinning Sun

A washing machine is spinning, but ends up looking like a star in the sky. This is my understanding of defamiliarisation.

  • Dionysios Tanteles
    Director
  • Project Type:
    Experimental, Short, Student
  • Runtime:
    1 minute 2 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    November 17, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    0 GBP
  • Country of Origin:
    United Kingdom
  • Country of Filming:
    United Kingdom
  • Shooting Format:
    Phone
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    Yes
  • Student Project:
    Yes - Nottingham Trent University
Director Biography - Dionysios Tanteles

Born in Cyprus, and a long journey in the Middle East and the UK, I found myself captivated by movies. My personal life experience has taught me to find the uniqueness and value of my narrative filmmaking. I aspire for my films to bring light to new topics, and spark a conversation, I want my audience to be mesmerized and entertained by my work only for them to talk about it hours after watching it. I am excited to share my work with the world, and I hope the world will be excited to see my work!

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Director Statement

This film project was done upon a brief where we were tasked to study the concept of 'defamiliarization' and visualise our interpretation of the word. Our class had a small competition on who can create the best interpretation of defamiliarization, with the prize being a mug in the shape of a camera lens.

I observed a washing machine completing its cycle and I wanted to record the ending, the initial visual I recorded on my phone struck me with the impression that I was looking at a star in space. Spinning. I then added space overlays and sound effects to complete the visual and create the illusion that the audience was in fact watching the night sky, only for them to slowly realize that they have been watching a washing machine the entire time.

Today, after completion of my project, I enjoy watching my short film as I sip a cup of my favourite tea in my camera lens-shaped mug.