Shuna Luo

MA Character Animation

Shuna Luo

‘-6.831 miles’ tells a story of a man called Z. He has a special habit; he can’t fall asleep in his bed. The only places that make him feel calm and able to sleep are tiny spaces, like the bath tub, the wardrobe, or under the bed.

Z doesn’t eat a lot and he can’t cook; occasionally he will eat a microwave meal, some days he doesn’t eat anything at all. Among the microwave food, frozen fish is his favourite, but not because it’s tasty, it’s not much good at all, he just sees the fish as a reflection of himself.

Z prepares a huge glass box filled with water and jumps into it, fully submerging himself. For the first time he feels really safe, like in the morning before everyone wakes up, or back to the time before he was born, or even before the universe was created. There is nothing that can hurt him anymore and his worries are gone.

The alarm rings again, he opens his eyes, but closes them again.

This film talks about the relationship between physical space and human emotion. Everyone in the world is suffering, or has suffered, depression at least once in their lifetime. I try to visualise the invisible feelings of depression, while at the same time, making it audible. Half of the story in ‘-6.831 miles’ is told through sound, which will create a more immersive experience for the audience.

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