As we count down the days together until we can safely enjoy post-vaccination visits with friends and family, an adorable animation has a calming message for those of us who have difficulty reigning in our fear: “If this disorder reverses you When the lack of people unravel you … lean into solitude knowing that you are not alone with it. “
A collaboration between poets Tanya Davis and filmmakers Andrea Dorfman“How to Be at Home” takes up some of the same scenarios from the duo’s popular “How to Be Alone” – watch the 2010 film Youtube and take the illustrated book from Bookstore– and translates them into quarantine terms fit for 2020: Where benches and public transportation were once spaces ripe for interaction, they are now dangers to be avoided, and scrolling through your phone at lunchtime is no longer a distraction but a welcome way to stay connected.
The animated scenes emerge from the pages of a book, an emblem closely related to loneliness, through a mixture of live footage and stop-motion techniques. Set to the dulcet rhythm of Davis’ poem, the short goes through ubiquitous pandemic activities like home yoga, full movie viewing (including all credits!), And solo dance parties. It reminds us of how we are all connected, even when we ‘are physically separate.
“How to Be at Home” is one of 30 pandemic-themed films that were created by The curve, a platform created by the National Film Board of Canada. To see more of Dorfman’s illustrations and animations, check out them Instagram and Vimeo. You might enjoy it too Gemma Green-Hope’s Animated Portrait her grandmother.
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