The logline for usa.DT is:
Newly, elected, segregationist leader executes his agenda inducing pandemonium amongst the multi-cultural nation, which in turn produces unintended consequences.
My short film comprised of shapes. The shapes represent different people and political parties in the USA present day. To help the viewer identify the parties correctly I'm using the trademark colors which the parties represent. The font used for the title sequence is Fraktur. I chose this particular font because it was the preferred font for another political party which rose to power in the late 1930's in Germany. The bullish big square is Orange. Inside this square is a smaller Red square. Both squares move and act in the same way until the end of the film, when the Red square escapes the dominance of the Orange square. Another square, Blue in color, is fighting the Orange square. The final shape present in the film is a White Circle. The Circle is weary and careful of all the other characters. The Orange square fights the Blue square, but he also bullies and threatens the Circle. Without the joint venture forces of the Blue and Red Squares, and the Circle, a victory is not attainable. In the end, all of the shapes join together and prevail over the Orange square. The Circle rejoices and multiplies into five different colors – black, brown, yellow, red and white. These circles do not multiply at the same rate. The proportion of the multiplication is equal to the percentage of the different races representing the nation of the United States of America. The film returns to its initial state with the title sequence. This time the word USA kicks the word DT out of the frame. This action propels the font to change to Bauhaus. Bauhaus is used, because this font was popular in Germany after the Second World War. It represented new horizons, rebellion and a brighter future. The meaning behind the acronym USA is redefined.
Animation films have been around since the dawn of cinema. Short animation films have been around longer than feature animation films. There is a debate over the first animation film ever made, which is a subject I will not discuss in this paper. While it is really hard to determine which is the first animation film ever made, I can say with certainty that animation films have been around for more than 100 years. Abstract films are a version of animation films and they have been around as long as animation cinema. Abstract films are usually non narrative and do not tell stories or display characters or subjects.
Many political animation films have been made. Some of the best are: Persepolis (2007) directed by Vincent Paronnaud and Marjane Satrapi; Waltz with Bashir (2008) directed by Ari Folman, and The Iron giant (1999) directed by Brad Bird. My research shows zero results for abstract- political films.
Furthermore, I joined the Processing forum to learn about other animation films created with Processing. I posed a simple question – Does anybody know of a film that is created solely on Processing? People reply with a few different answers. Those answers are: (1)there are elements created on Processing that are used as part of other films, (2) there are short films created on Processing in combination with another program, or (3) short films using external video footage, not created using Processing, are known to be manipulated using the Processing platform. Nobody knows of a short film created solely on Processing, without the use of external video footage, or the help of another software program.
Fritz Heider and Marian Simmel created their Heider-Simmel experiment in the mid 1940s. Based on their findings, humans see stories and assign character traits to any abstract shapes and forms (Heider, F; Simmel, M (1944). “An Experimental Study of Apparent Behavior”. American Journal ofPsychology. 57:243-259).
My project is attempting to take that finding further. I'm loosely basing my short film on their experiment, but I'm also implementing several important changes. Those changes are: (1) I'm assigning exact living characters to the shapes I'm creating; (2) I have pre and post sequence framing the main action; (3) the film has unambiguous social commentary; (4) the film is going to be in color; (5) I'm going to use sound; (6) my graphics will be more expressionistic in design; and (7) I'm including a title and credits sequences, as a normal film should.
The whole film is being created with the Processing program. I do not use any external visual media.