Growing exponentially around us is a reliance on technology and media platforms, simultaneously I see the ignorance of the historic social repercussions of our digital age. Generation Z is the first to depend on the convenience of technology in everyday interactions, leaving behind the technologically illiterate, thus driving a divide in the generation gap. Inventions of social media platforms originally aimed to fill the universal desire for connection, have evolved into a global network open to commercialization and manipulation tactics. I believe there is a way to be a leader with the technological power of our age rather than a player impatiently waiting for the repercussions to be realized. Reckoning with her legacy, this narrative is of a young adult contemplating the passing of his grandmother, alone in a nursing home. His lack of investment in her condition, due to distance was personal to my struggles, not only within myself, but society, and human nature when I created it earlier this year.
Realized by Treyden (Director/Writer/Cinematographer/Editor)
1080p video, 24 fps, 16x9 aspect radio
GoPro Hero 7 & GoPro Hero 8
Canon 5d Mark III, Canon 24-105 Prime lens (victim of the ocean)
Premiere Pro CC 2020
Through this work, I came to realize that the most uniquely personal story, seemingly individual, reflects the universal suffering of the community which they emerge with resounding truth. When the truth is distorted for the purpose of generalized fiction or external notions of aesthetic - a hazard of thinking in terms of one-dimensional genre, what remains is a sketch of life, not a reflection. The astounding gift this project gave me is the understanding of how healing creation truly can be. I had to face the transgressions I was hiding behind in my agenda for the project. Forced to strip my ego, which was focused on a profound message, to simply present the wholeness of my character as flawed within the societal system of the time was a turning point in my perception of storytelling. Additionally, I began to claim, as part of my visual language, the importance of dreams and solitude, as devices for character development. This project adapted due to COVID-19, I had to take on the role of acting as the main character while filming and editing everything on my own means. This led to the solitary language of the project and a deeply authentic construction, forced to use my family as supporting characters. This project challenged also my concept of film’s ability to reflect an audience’s experience; an individual being their own documentarian with a camera in every pocket.