Burning All The Past Away

 

Burning All The Past Away

This animated, poetry-driven webisode follows "Bandages" - an old man haunted by "The Judge" (his dark past), as he embarks on his journey towards forgiveness. While enduring an grueling year in my personal life, I longed to make a film in solitude. I've always loved the art of stop-motion and the magical feeling that only miniatures and puppets can create. I decided to dive into a short stop-motion/live-action mixed film and to do as much as possible on my own. With the help of a few colleagues and many YouTube tutorials I managed to pull it together.

During my most stressful times, I would often reflect on memories and emotions from my past. Some were good memories and others came with frustration and anger. I didn't feel that these thoughts/feelings were strong enough to base a film on - but the underlying feeling of “letting go” did feel like something I should channel. With that, I came up with the title, concept and character of the film. Making this film was cathartic and it came from a place of therapy rather than artistic expression. The icing on the cake was connecting with Calgary poet, Sheri-D Wilson. After our first meeting Sheri really absorbed and understood my vision for the film. The poem flowed out of her almost immediately. Her words became the connecting force of the film.