rapid eye movement

rapid eye movement

Dreams - Art & Design final piece video - scary and surreal dream simulation film

6mo ago
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WARNING CONTAINS STRONG FLASHING IMAGES AND SCENES SOME VIEWERS MAY FIND DISTURBING NOT RECOMMENDED FOR YOUNG CHILDREN OR PEOPLE WITH EPILEPSY For my final piece I made a 7 minute long video that simulates a dream. I researched the scientific explanation as to how dreams work as well as what psychics believe certain dreams mean. I found out that dreams occur in the REM (Rapid Eye Movement) stage of sleep, in which the individual is in a deep sleep. To simulate reaching the REM stage of sleep, the video starts with complete darkness, with a light appearing slowly and then disappearing back into darkness. I also added sound effects that simulate hallucinating hearing voices, to get the viewer into a dream-like state. I looked at the artist Elisabeth Price, who won the Turner Prize 2013 with a video installation. I found that the way in which she put the film together with flashing images, words, repetition and sound made the film quite surreal and dreamlike, mesmerising the audience. I decided that I would create something similar. I researched common dreams, finding that many people dream about things such as being chased, being lost, surreal experiences and normal situations but with something different/strange about them. I decided that the content of the video would be a mix between nice, confusing and scary experiences. I kept in mind the most common kinds of dreams, and watched some films that I thought would be relevant to my project and would give me inspiration for some situations that I could film. I watched "Flatliners" and "Requiem For A Dream", which both contain quite dream-like visions. I took inspiration from these movies and filmed some clips of dream-like scenarios, such as a figure dancing in the woods, trees flying past, looking around a field and walking through the woods. For the scarier scenes in my video I watched some horror/thriller movies, including "The Last Exorcism", "Insidious", "Evil Dead" and "The Woman In Black". These movies gave me inspiration of possible characters that could appear in my video. In my sketchbook I have shown exactly how these various movies gave me inspiration and how it influenced my outcome. The aim of my final piece is to make the viewer feel as though they are in a dream.