The trailer of Nightmare Creates Hope
Synopsis: One night, a girl had a dream about her fear of how her city declines in the near future. In order to avoid her nightmare becoming true, the girl decided to speak up and take to the street.
Director: Alison Lee
Animator: Alison Lee
Sound: Mathias Arrignon
Music: Mathias Arrignon
Alison is a university student studying MA Animation in University of the Arts, London. During her education, she has collaborated with games designers to create a 2D platform game, as well as working with the Barbican Centre and created a set of animation for their project “Life Rewired”.
Mathias is a sound artist from France whose sonic practice keeps fluctuating between audio-visual and art in the attempt to strengthen our bound with the world by being a listener, as a deep method to impregnate with our surroundings.
Always having in mind to raise his understanding of the versatility of the sound, he is currently pursuing a MA in sound arts at the London College of Communication to develop his artistic approach. Following in the footsteps of pioneer practitioners in field recording and acoustic ecology studies, he collects sounds wherever he wanderers to let them speak by themselves. From this raw material, he creates sonic testimonies, sound pieces and responsive art installations to question social arrangement and the relationships that one can create between a space and
The animation consists of two parts, a dream and a reality, which are represented in greyscale and rotoscope respectively. The film starts with the dream scene, which is completely fictional. The objects and background in the scene are realistically drawn by hand, in order to show the contrast of the fact that it is only a dream. It is also to encourage the audience to imagine, ‘what if this is actually happening in reality?’ Next is the reality, which shows a collection of rotoscoped footages of the Hong Kong protest in 2019.
The animation was made to express my fear of the future of Hong Kong, but also to remind people, especially Hong Kong people, not to forget the 2019 protests, as I see the power of unity during the protests, and this has given colours to the city. As a result, the two parts of the animation are distinguished by colours. In the dream scene, the colours are mainly black and white with red, whilst the rotoscoping part of the animation involves many more colours such as yellows, greens and blues. This is to show my perspectives on how boring a systematic city is and how much livelihood had been brought during the protests.
At the end of the film, the colours are brought back to the shot to indicate the present time of the girl’s reality.