Screen Art and Film Workshop





The following short experimental film will simply be about an alter ego “Jorogumo Jonesy” and her relational psychological response towards her desired soulmate that she finds in spiders.

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Music: Davy Jones – Hans Zimmer


In regards to mental health, I indulged into deep research and healing through creative and spiritual outlets. Through my education and creative outlets, it is important to shed light upon mental health and I will continue to pursue to bring down negative stigmas towards societal issues such as this. Teal Swan, a spiritual teacher – struck me as someone of interest in regards to a potential artistic approach – an opportunity. I read that her approaches were deemed psychologically dangerous – so from very light reading I only took within artistic aspects. In a positive light, her work has gotten me to think deeper about simpler things – and help me remain creative though these dark times.In one of her seminars she prompt an interactive “game” with her audience. She described it as relational psychology. There were 3 questions in which she asked and I expanded one of them  – to explore in my final project. The question I explored was “What is your favourite animal, and three deep reasons why?” My answer was a “Spider.” And my three deep reasons why was “Darkness In Art”, “Childhood” and “My Dad.” I entered a lot of psychological, personal, identification related reoccurring themes from my past to present when answering the questions. Through my answers – it got me to think and reconnect with myself. And at the end of the short video the revealed meaning to the question I chose to expand was, “your favourite animal is your idea of a perfect soul mate.” I intended to explore this concept into an experimental video in aims to evoke feelings of my own and execute them in a meaningful way. I went for a simplistic and clean approach compared to my other technical and filmic styles – and worked on a “film essay” foundation. The reflective response to the expanded question within my short experimental was meaningful and deep to me. From continued academic research I added the concept of Jorogumo a creature from Japanese folklore, to give extra depth, character and just a wholesome historic feel. I contributed Jorogumo and her aspects as the concept of emotions and spiders interlinked well. And in this alter ego way I felt it purposeful that I resonated with the spider just as much as it should’ve been my intended soul mate. Composition wise I chose and devised simplistic shots for B-roll of just spiders. I cropped all content in a square and filtered them with black and white to create contrast and minimalism. With my voice over for the experimental, I wanted the audience to intake and empathise with how I felt towards spiders. To add charm towards my experimental I added music. Something lightly dark but peculiar at the same time.I finally set on the theme song from Pirates Of The Caribbean – The Davy Jones theme produced by Hans Zimmer. The song is moving, sad but strong – almost angry in a way which I found suiting. I used premiere multiple times in the past for film production, documentaries and short films as such; but I never for something experimental like this. By not thinking in depth filmically in a technical functional way – through just simplistic visuals and sound, where my voice is heard and felt is what mattered.From here I had my pin pointed exploration – the short will simply be about this alter ego Jorogumo Jonesy and her relational psychological response towards her desired soulmate that she finds in spiders. In result this conceptual experimental is a personal piece that somewhat reflects me as a person – in a deep way – in a personal way to which I am challenging myself not to care about what an audience or group of people may think – client based wise. The video is for me. And is a part of me.


rmitmediastudent • June 4, 2020

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