I was given a group task which was producing a short film that implying thoughts of a French philosopher Roland Barthes, by using two different metaphors ‘boat’ and ‘water’. His ideas explored a diverse range of fields and he influenced the development of schools of theory including structuralism, semiotics, social theory, and anthropology. Above all, We were inspired by the two different concepts of interpreting a photograph
( Studium and Punctum ) that was described on his book ‘Camera Lucida’.
( Studium : denoting the cultural, linguistic, and political interpretation of a photograph, Punctum : denoting the wounding, personally touching detail which establishes a direct relationship with the object or person within it. )
This film is divided into two parts. From the beginning to the middle of the film, there will be close up shots of random objects and a lady. Till this part, audience do not know any relation between the whole story and objects, which is ‘Studium’. After the middle part, as the actual story developed, audience share her personal experience, and given some clue of understanding her personal relationship with the objects, and this part becomes ‘Punctum’.
In this film, a paper boat represent her will and message to her lover, water is a metaphor that symbolize the healing process and connection to the afterlife. On the basic of this story, a poster and a DVD package reflecting overall atmosphere of this film by using carefully photographed images.