This week I explored the use of subjective time in animation, with the following premise: A kid tries to hold in a sneeze, the sneeze starts to build up inside him, and everything around him begins to move in slow motion
I came up with the following ides for an animation:
- A girl tries to hold in her sneeze.
- As the sneeze builds up, her face gets puffy, she starts to become red, and the world around her slows down
- She looks around as everything around her slows in wonder
- Eventually she can’t hold in the sneeze any longer and when she lets it out, the world goes back to normal again.
The idea is to explore the concept of built up emotion, and how when we are stuck on a particular feeling within us, the external world also becomes a drag. Our internal world is reflected in our external world.
This work is inspired by the award-winning animated short film Afternoon Class (2014) by Seoro Oh, about a boy trying to stop himself from falling asleep in class. It plays with the hazy divide between sleep and waking life as the protagonist sits on the line between them while attempting to remain awake.
Through this activity I explored subjective time in a situation where the character’s internal and external worlds are at odds. I wanted to play with how when we hold things in, it affects the world around us as well, and it is usually better to let it all out.