Born In Captivity

Experimental Short Film (China / 2015)

A short film about a bird that will never be free

“Born In Captivity” is the only animated short film I ever attempted and, as such, can be described as a simple experimental and atmospheric project. The idea for the short film was born during a rather dark and depressing period of my life and helped me canalize some of my more oppressive emotions into a productive project. The film was created in the winter of 2015 during the second half of my one-year stay in Tianjin, China.

The heavy air pollution in Tianjin during the winter months made it inadvisable to spend time outside and created a claustrophobic and suffocative atmosphere. Combined with other personal problems I had at that time, I really needed to do something productive to distract myself. In China, I did not have a camera or other necessary tools to create a normal short film. Therefore, I decided to create a digital shadow-play, despite not having any experience with this medium.

Apart from the visual style of the short film, the music also plays a crucial role in conveying the desired bleak and gloomy mood. For the soundtrack, I used an old piano improvisation I recorded some years before, which somehow worked well with the visuals. While I am not particularly happy with the outcome of this project, looking back it still holds a lot of meaning for me. It is a great reminder of how I felt and where I have been and do not want to go back to.

Over the years, I surprisingly got complimented a lot on this short film and it was one of the reasons I was contacted by Savino Napoleone and Raffaele Ferrante, with whom I produced the short film “Il Velo Di Gila” in 2018.

The shadow of an animated bird in its cage. Image taken from the short film "Born In Captivity" by Tiemo Weidemann.

A frame taken from the short film

Credits

WRITTEN and ANIMATED by Tiemo Weidemann

Special thanks to Clelia Heider
 
Music by Tiemo Weidemann

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