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Tempodegenerative is an exploration of odd sequences which want to express neurodegeneration. It is an abstract experimental short film. Tempo degenerative, as the title implies, is an experience that gradually gains in chaos while overlapping an overwhelming base structure from the start. I invite the audience to contemplate the fact that we are the sum total of our memories, from a place where the mind is not eternal nor spotless. Confusion, juxtaposition, disorientation, and loss of self. There are minimalist drawings being spun on a motorized zoetrope combined with a strobe as a way to refer to the confusion and disorientation those who suffer from neurodegenerative disease experience, which are gradually changed to more complex compositions relating to more personal memories. You’re on what feels like your last string, hoping things will eventually calm down. It's a nonstop flight or fight.

  • Lea Saint-Laurent
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  • Project Type:
    Animation, Experimental, Short, Student
  • Genres:
    photosensitive, zoetrope, handdrawn, strobe, animation, experimental animation
  • Runtime:
    2 minutes 57 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    April 26, 2023
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    Digital Camera (Canon EOS RP)
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  • Student Project:
    Yes - Concordia University
Director Biography - Lea Saint-Laurent

Montreal-based film animator with a passion for traditional and experimental animation. My curious and adventurous nature fuels a love of exploring different animation techniques and styles, from hand-drawn animations to mixed-media experiments. I'm striving to perfect my craft and bring my creative visions to life. I also have a strong interest in finding manners to include electronic circuit projects within my animation projects.

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Director Statement

I hope that the film will encourage viewers to contemplate difficult truths about the fragility of the mind and the importance of memory, while also providing a powerful artistic experience. As a person living with a parent who has early onset Alzheimer's', I can tell you that it leaves you in a constant state of grief as you observe the gradual deterioration of both the mental and physical faculties. It also has you ponder about your own existence.