First stage of DocNext Project 1

Media as a form of communication, is a device used to realize intent, to better the understanding for the masses in reference to social, political, environmental, and economic terms.

Language is the essence of communication, and without the want or need to communicate to one another there would be no need for language.

Expression is the essence of the soul, and language is the media in which the voice can be heard. But what if you are trying to express the expressionless?

Film has developed a language of it’s own, brought forward by Hitchcockian style, yet I would argue that it is still only suitable, or speaking to; a very select group of people.

For instance, Hollywood loves lush dramatic soundtrack scores that use certain tones, notes, and scales to develop certain emotional attachments, to pull the heartstrings based on empathy, sympathy and compassion.

But what f you don’t feel the same way others do? People affected with Asperger’s, or more widely spread; Alexithemia – would have incredible difficulty in recognizing the underlying cues in emotionally-fused films.

Alexithemia is identified by a difficulty identifying, understanding and interpreting or describing the feelings being felt by yourself or others.

When you go to see a big budget Hollywood film, the script has most likely been through more financial hands than creative ones. You are no longer the individual but part of a mass consumer-based economy, and that’s where I feel mainstream cinema has become so disjointed with itself.

In beings who’s minds are literally hardwired differently – these emote-driven films tend to leave people like me ‘out of the loop’.

Not only do they rely heavily on a range of outdated techniques which are majorly unprogressive for the neurologically diverse, but they leave a section of the audience feeling alienated and confused.

So how would you express feelings to an emotionally-deprived being without it having to be pointed out?

Would it be akin to trying to describe a sound to the deaf, without being onomatopoeic?

I want to explore different ways of seeing, as it becomes more apparent that the film language we are currently using is not at it’s full potential, because it does not cater to those who aren’t a majority.

I want to be able to find a visual style for sensory issues, mainly in first person POV style. To build on this I aim to ask those around me who may have slight deficits but have been able to find their own personal expression through creative means, round issues such as synesthesia and hyperacusis.