Whilst scrolling through William Gibson’s Twitter feed I came across a screenshot that he retweeted which is of someone Google-ing how they could raise demons on a budget. Whilst bizarre, I thought it might be an interesting topic to explore.
After quite a lot of thought and a few failed ideas tea reading became the basis for my piece. Initially, the story in this video was going to be told through the tealeaves themselves, but upon starting, the realisation that tea isn’t the most malleable of things became obvious. This led to the story being about what the tealeaves could form and represent. After quite a lot of research into what each symbol means the idea was set, with a short story to go along with it. Through stop-frame animation the audience can be transported into the evolution of the art of divination.
The emotions of the protagonist are shown through the photos, but are solidified by the sounds. I wanted to choose a few simple sounds that would enunciate the feelings and tension whilst a few ambient sounds would give it an eerie feeling. The editing is quite simple, due to stop-frame nature of the video. However, the important frames and significant actions are slowed down and made known to the viewer. The combination of these elements explores an insight into the uncertainty of tea reading.