Crow: The Movie
"life always finds its way"
Genre : Satire, Experimental & Fictional
Keywords : life, sequel, seed, forest, future
A twist in the tale. A folklore that has given a message of “intelligence”. A tale that I have heard and read as a kid, like many of us. The thirsty crow, that drops pebbles, in an earthen pot to get some water level up, and once the level is to a mark that it can reach it with its beak, it gets water and satisfaction both.
My mind questioned me about this for a long long time. Questions, like, are the gravels that the crow is putting wont have negative space in between them to consume the rise in the level of water? If the water is too little, will it really come up, as it might just get covered with the gravels/ pebbles? Will the crow have to do it all the time, just to have a sip of water? What about the other crows? Or in that matter, if this is the situation that becomes realistic how will anyone have water?
Too many questions, that’s often referred to as “childlike curiosity” but when it touches the lines of “real life” issues, I feel compelled to answer them (if not to anyone) at least to myself.
Real Life Issues
We know how drinking water very soon could become a huge issue for all of us, if right now it is a huge issue for 30% of the world and 65% of India's population. If not taken care of at this point, very soon it could become the biggest challenge for human existence.
The crow for me represents humanity and I felt that the crow always has the answer, the crow knows it. It is for sure “intelligent” enough to understand it but the question remain (in my mind) is it “brave” enough to take the step. I always feel its bravery that must help you take a step, nothing else. Money, resources, skills are a matter of time and might change the dynamics in one's life. But if you are confident to decide and brave enough to act then you definitely develop the grit to cross the line and the composure to spread it across.
This story is all about that and the mystery to see if the line is crossed and if we do, what's waiting beyond the line. So this time the story also has a message, but not that of “intelligence” Rather, it is about “confidence,” about “faith,” towards your own positive imagination for a better tomorrow.
Crow - The movie, is told in three parts. 1. Decay 2. Incarnation and 3. The Crack. As the names suggest they share a state of mind, a state of being in three very different situations.
Part 1 starts with space that has possibly nothing positive around. It is all dead and decaying. You see stillness that is quenching, You experience void, a hollow journey of a mind. The mind of our Crow, this mind has a thought, a thought that is the only positive thing that you discover and see in this journey.
This thought is the silver lining and is the only ray of hope. Is something you pray an individual, a society or a civilization to possess, while it's going through a corrosion or decaying phase.To remain positive, to remain confident and act.
In Part 2, It’s an abstract take on what's happening, at that moment, and stretching to sometime of incubation. The crow has performed its duty without getting worried of its personal benefits or life and laid the hope into the pot with some water to live and grow.
The Crow and the hope are now detached, like a child gets detached from its mother, right after the birth. They travel a long way internally to meet their individual fate(s).
The crow dies, the hope grows. The hope grows as the crow has imagined, and that's the success of the crow.
In Part 3, The hope takes charge and when it does, it makes the universe work for itself. Nature comes to celebrate such brave acts and the universe swirls around time to unveil a different side of the space you lived in. Nature works in a different way than us, it does what it needs to do, without wondering about the outcomes, for nature the outcome is neither the resting ground nor a singular objective.
For nature the idea is what matters, the act is what matters, the wholesome approach that matters, the process is what matters, as the fact remains same, “life always finds its way” and till the time life is there, nature is flourishing. *life: any form of life.
Each part or phase of one straight physical journey is such a different and unique experience for the mental journey that we wanted to express them very differently from each other, and we regard that as a very important part or even tool of this overall composition.
The Liquid Motion
Each part starts with these fluid movements that expressed very much the idea of that part in a very abstract form. I wanted to add this to the movie as a background of the text that we wanted to communicate to our audience. They set up a huge canvas for the audience and it (hopefully) inspires the vision already of what they are going to see. “We want to create this experience together with the audience” was the thought behind making and using them.
Subtitles Are Not Subtitles
The text communication appears at the beginning of each part, in the form of “subtitles' ' how we see it in any digital content, is not subtitles in our case. They are simply the feel and the mind journey that we have expressed in words.
We presented in the popular ``subtitles' ' style, as I feel that if the text is a part of the frame layout design or the overall composition, it can sometimes be missed, as it along with the visuals make a story. But as spectators, we have a habit of paying more attention to subtitles and we mostly don't miss it.
Watch the teaser here :