Medium: Stereoscopic 3D animation
Genre: War, Experimental, Surreal
Inspired by the sacrifices made by generations preceding us and expanding upon an exploration of World War II, Elysian Fields fuses fantastical and historical into a surreal reconfiguration of the present.
Directed & Produced by Ina Conradi-Chavez, Assistant Directors & Animation Joshua Tan and Davier Yoon, Sound Design Jeremy Goh, Associate Producer Mark Chavez
Imagined as an infinite loop, the story weaves in and out from an inevitably doomed air chase, into death, afterlife and resurrection, only to arrive at a surreal space of a parallel dimension. Conceived as the cutting of narrative out of painting and a transformation into the logic and continuity of the dreamspace, the concrete and explicit representation melts out into a fragile complex whole: the marvelous entangled conjunction of displaced moments in time where ephemeral experiences and verbal explanation are inadequate.
Composed of unstable fragments, the tightly woven imaginary figurative environments constantly dissolve and shift. Relentlessly pursuing each other fighter planes plunge from night to day connecting floating shores and suspended seascape horizons of the Above and the Below, signifying the realm of life and death. The time space spins an oily black night-time shore and a washed-out haze of early dawn into alchemical vision where “What is the above is from the below and the below is from the above”. Fields of poppy flowers dissolve into sleep, peace, and death. In the inferno of the afterlife the fighter is looking in and looking out from the circular gates of hell shaped as a fiery hole in the black ground, the fire the centre of the earth the reference to our own being.
In addition to being a linear 3D stereoscopic screening for cinema, the film is adapted in story flow and visually articulated for the immersive 3d stereo room in Institute for Media Innovation where the viewer is surrounded on all sides by long curved screens on which the film is projected thus creating vivid experience and completely different impact than seen in a cinematic frontal plane.
“Theirs is the hollow victory. They are deceived. But you my brother and my ghost, if you can go knowing that there is no reward, no certain use in all your sacrifice, then honour is reprieved. To fight without hope is to fight with grace, the self reconstructed, the false heart repaired.”
“To a Conscript of 1940” by Herbert Read
INA CONRADI CHAVEZ
Music & Sound Design
ADM/IMI IT & Technical Support
THUMMANAPALLI NAGARAJU | TEO CHENG LIM | YEONG CHEN HUI | KOH KIAN HWA
MOE AcRF TIER 1 MINISTRY OF EDUCATION, SINGAPORE
NTU, SCHOOL OF ART, DESIGN AND MEDIA
NTU, INSTITUTE FOR MEDIA INNOVATION