REMEMBER US (DIARIES FROM THE MYTHIC UNDERGROUND)
PILOT: 3-MINUTE SKETCH – STORY #1: MOUNTAIN SPIRITS
STILLS FROM STORY #1 – MADE WITH SUPPORT FROM SØRNORSK FILMSENTER
Remember Us (Diaries From The Mythic Underground) is a series of short films that focus on the destruction of landscapes, endangered species and modern mankind’s connection with nature, forming a string of poetic thrillers told from an organic point of view.
Selecting just a few “cases” from the endless list of threatened species – and the pollution in general, this project aims to give nature itself a voice of protest, animating it through tableaux of haunting puppets, grungy musicians, dancers, and cave-art figures which draw largely upon mythical and archaic material.
Documentary footage, wildlife shots, and animation are tightly interwoven in seven short tales, as each film centers on a certain topic. The particular story is conveyed by animated storytellers – loosely inspired by mythological figures and spirits in cave-art settings; their surroundings associated with prehistoric structures, shapes and shadows of the other-world.
And it is from their point of view that we see the pollution and destruction of nature.
By edging this perspective, these approximately 15-minute long independent fables stand as rhythmical and rough reminders of a time when nature was worshipped and spiritual qualities bestowed on it – in glaring contrast to modern society’s industrial exploitation where whole eco-systems have become dumping grounds for toxic waste.
It juxtaposes natural and factual documentary with semi-abstract, lyrical animation casting the melancholic shadow of destruction and predicted extinction.
But at the core of the project, there is an enticing rhythm; Nature’s own spirit rising from some stone-age or timeless place, appealing to the sense of mystery – and common sense – in human nature.
The project as a whole, questions big-business’ puzzling mantra of sustainability, cutting through to the real costs of a “rip and replace” culture. Bleak as the future might seem though, these tales close on an open, poetic note – stressing the fact that still there is hope – to move in another direction; of cleaning up our nature.
Also, it is an ambitious project where we hope to attract the participation of actors/musicians who have an iconic status in our culture.