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The Optimist

A young book lover tries desperately to get the book everyone else has.

0 – 5 | 2016 | Animation | Human Nature | USA | Visual Poem

The Optimist is a debut short film made by young and talented John Mervin, an eighteen year old boy who lives in Hawaii, passionate about books and free and open source animation programs. With no budget, he has made this delicious visual poem creating models and animation entirely using Blender and, in post-production, After Effects and Premiere.

As he himself says:

“Two years ago when I was 16, I had the idea of a story that visually portrayed the perspective of someone who has no vision, a blind girl. I found the ironic use of the visual medium (a short film) intriguing. So, all through Last year, I decided to practice the craft of filmmaking and create it myself.”

As a debut, it’s pretty impressive. The young director was capable to narrate, with charm and delicacy, a very hot topic regarding the decrease of readers and the declining power of books, eternal guardians of knowledge. In a cyber-Cubist scneario, a young reader is desperately looking for a book so valuable as to be impossible to find, because desired by all. The text is made of codes that only microchips installed under the skin may decipher. A little girl without physiognomy but transpiring a great emotivity, cuddles the book donated by a shadowy man.

Is the digital apocalypse averted?

Silvia Macchetto

Tommaso Fagioli

Tommaso Fagioli

Founder, creative director, curator @ Good Short Films. Fond of great stories, great thinkers, great booze. My motto is, your motto.

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