HIRAETH describes the nostalgic longing for a place that never was or that can never be visited again. Here, it is not merely a place, it is an existence that people yearn for. We live in fast-moving times in which the span between the present and the future becomes progressively smaller. The film entails two things: Firstly, it is a form of testing as to what an individual is currently able to create with the available technology and the internet, should they wish to forge any content using photo-manipulated images and audio (AI/Deepfakes). Moreover, the project addresses the fears, excessive demands and dissatisfactions circulating in today's young generation and thus tries to contribute to unravelling the strange realities. Noa, a young woman, confronts an unnamed counterpart with these worries and is simultaneously confronted by the personified concerns. Animation, artificial intelligence and live action come together in a teaser that is meant to be a foreshadow of a series.
This question is funny to me, as it reflects a part of my project's topic. Our future is very uncertain, even more so considering the advancements in Artificial Intelligence. No one knows what the future may look like, so how am I supposed to have an image of where I will be in 20 years? I just hope for a future of well-being and happiness around the world, as cheesy as it may sound. And within that future, I hope to have found my path in the industry. Whatever that may be. As for now, I'd like to contribute my part to that future, so the field of research is one I often think about.
I think it was the true realisation that it is not this degree that will make me a future filmmaker, it is only the stepping stone of what is a long journey. It can be scary at times. The jump from the bubble that a university provides to the “real world” is another challenge one should tackle rather quickly.
Do YOU, from the beginning, in every project. Don't just do what the assignments require, what the profs expect. In the end, it all comes down to your portfolio. It is your ticket to your dream job.
For me, the field of film has nothing to do with the meaning behind the term “job”. I don't work towards my 9-5 job so that I can go into the weekend, but towards what I want to do with and in my life.