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GALLERY 2010/2011

visual communication practice

LesÂmes en friche (Abandon souls)


Description of idea

Describe your idea and concept of your work in relation to the festival outlines:

In a world where productivity is everything, there is just no use for old people.
I shot this film with my grandmother and in a way I feel like my love for that person add to the cultural conflit I feel everyday in this technocratic world, resulted in an imagined short story...

What kind of communication approach do you use?

This is a fiction story using a very classical approche with a soft texture and a slow pace. I wanted people to feel the weight of time passing.

What are in your opinion concrete benefits to the society because of your communication?

It think the film is disturbing for the audience. Perhaps being shaked out of your comfort is the first step to stand up and fight...

What did you personally learn from creating your submitted work?

When you mannage to ask, members of your family can help you a great deal. When givin the chance, they can surprise you.

Why is your work, GOOD communication WORK?

Its simple and goes right to the point.

Where and how do you intent do implement your work?

On Internet and in festivals. In public event also. I'm willing to distribute copies to people around me.

Did your intervention had an effect on other Media. If yes, describe the effect? (Has other media reported on it- how? Were you able to change other media with your work- how?)

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This is a simple but effective piece of communication, communicating the way older members of society can be made to feel unloved, or unneeded.

The atmosphere of the set works well: dark and a little somber but not too depressing. Shooting from behind, without fully showing the woman's face, was a strong directorial decision, as it removed the viewer even further from the woman's world and allowed the camera to pan backward at the end, heightening the sense of loneliness and isolation.

The film could be improved by being slightly longer, with a longer pause at the beginning with the woman sitting waiting for the telephone to ring, and a longer pause at the end before the credits appear – at the moment, it feels a little bit rushed. The viewer needs time to process what has happened before the credits interrupt their reflection.

Overall, a strong piece of communication that heightens our awareness of a sensitive issue.

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Entry details


LesÂmes en friche (Abandon souls)


An exemple of what means social desintegration.

Concept author(s)

Olivier D. Asselin; Mathieu LeBlanc

Concept author year(s) of birth

1974 - 1977

Concept author(s) contribution

I wrote the script and co-directed it. Mathieu LeBlanc co-directed it and did the cameraman. I Edited it. We produced it together.



Other author(s)

Pierrette Poulin

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Competition category

visual communication practice

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Subfield description

I'm mostly a video artist, directing different kinds of genre and performing Vjing. I'm mainly active in montreal, Québec but I've travelled quite a lot and shot several documentary projets in India and Africa.