Blog Post #4: Because You Don’t Always Have To Talk About It… Silent Points!

In today’s world it is hard to get your point across without flat out saying it. But there are some topics that are too hard to get your point across with words and this is where animation steps in. With the help of animation, tough views can be displayed in a way that is informational but not confrontational. Religion is a subject that few people like to breech. In an earlier blog I showed how pro-religious shows like Veggie Tales help spread their message through a kid-friendly show. Now I am going to talk about the opposite view, anti-religious, and how it can be displayed just as informational and not confrontational but in it’s own way.

Anti-religious views are usually hard to swallow when injected through media. Either its through a crazy liberal pundit who most people find distasteful or through some hard lined documentary like Religulous where someone might feel like they are mistreating the religious people portrayed in the film. Is there a way to amend this extreme? A film student named Roy Margalit did just that by making this animated short for his film school called Spiritualized.

In this short, the main character is the tall bloke in the robe. Robe man comes upon the short Asian man who is meditating and then seems to walk on water, an act made famous by the bible story of Jesus walking on water. Robe man becomes jealous and decides to learn how to walk on water by pulling out a mini-Budda statue and praying to it; then he attempts to cross the water. This doesn’t work at all and neither do all of the other religious symbols (star of David, cross, moon and the star) he pulls out (plus the other junk like the Elvis picture and the Mickey hat). After he is exhausted and used everything he can think of, the tiny Asian man comes back across the water and the water goes out for tide and shows that he had been walking on hidden stepping stones the whole time.

The moral to this story is simple: religion is blind faith and the only thing you can depend on is the tangible. Margalit shows this without the use of dialog and with the use of expression and props. You can see the jealousy on the robe man’s face when he pulls out the Budda and then when he grins wide before attempting to cross the water. The religious symbols are all real images placed into the animation that are familiar to most people and are very useful in conveying the message of the short. The short has no feelings of imposing on religion and it never really truly downs them in any way, it just shows that maybe one should believe in what is real and feel secure that no one should walk on water but everyone should find their stepping stones.

I commented on Danyael Rose’s blog and Bradley Schoolfield’s blog.

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Published in: on February 13, 2010 at 12:25 PM  Leave a Comment  

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