Youth: the Film

February 5, 2018

 

 Hi everyone! After months of college application process, I'm finally (FINALLY!)  back to share the projects I worked on during this time with you. Youth is a topic that I'm always interested in , mainly because it's the "phase" I'm currently going through in life. People all have different interpretations about it, but for me it's particularly relatable with the teenage years. Fashion has a profound influence on teenagers’ expressions of self-identity, so I chose to use garment design and fashion film to explore the idea of Youth, a time of self-exploration for teenagers like me.

 

嗨,各位!經過數個月的大學申請過程,我終於(終於啊!)可以回到這裡跟你分享我這段時間所做的一些計畫。青春一直是一個我很有興趣的主題,主要是因為它是我正在經歷的人生階段。人們對這段時期各有不同見解,但對我來說它與青少年的時光是最有關聯的。時尚對於和我一樣的少年少女自我認同的表達方式有很大的影響,所以我選擇透過服裝設計和時尚影片來探索青春。

 

What makes this period of memories meaningful are the feelings involved. As a result, I used emotions, often presented in the form of “threads” in Chinese literature, as the main element of this project. Starting out from this concept, I redesigned a plain white t-shirt with colorful threads, cutouts, tulle fabrics, and dyes that visualized the development of my emotions in teenage years. As I was sewing threads onto fabric, the movement of tightening and loosening each stitch inspired my idea to record the motion of these yarns as another way to present emotional struggles. Thus, this fashion project became the foundation for a short film that resonated with today's youth.

 

蘊含在這段歲月的情感是使回憶有了意義的關鍵。因此我將中國文學中常以「絲線」象徵情感的形式作為這個計畫的主要元素。從這個概念出發,我用各色棉線、剪裁、薄紗以及染料將一件純白的棉T改造以呈現身為青少年的心路歷程。當我把棉線縫進布料裏時,針線穿梭、拉緊又放鬆的動作啟發了想以動態詮釋情感掙扎的點子。這個計畫就此成了短片的基礎。

 

The video was originally planned to be silent, since I thought this can emphasize the tension and “strangled” feeling within the main character. However, I changed my mind while listening to piano music composed by my friend, Yi-Ling Wu. This impressionistic melody not only made me think of specific scenes such as getting up in the morning, a person trapped in ribbons, and someone running, but also expressed bold color schemes via the transition between majors and minors. In my mind I saw a combination of different colors, which later served as a color palette for the film. 

 

由於我認為少掉音效可以凸顯片中角色的糾結情緒及張力,整個影片原本預計都是無聲的。然而,當我聽到朋友依靈所作的鋼琴音樂後就改變了心意。這個印象樂派風格的旋律不只讓我聯想到特定畫面(好比說剛起床的早晨、被緞帶纏住的人、以及奔跑的場景)還在大小調的轉換之間表現出鮮明的配色。我在腦海中「看」見不同顏色組合並以其作為影片的色系選擇。

 

 

Having the music and the general image of each scene settled, I started to construct the plot. While creating the storyboard, the ideas just came to me naturally because they are a part of my daily experiences and of those around me. From the first scene - waking up - to getting dressed and putting makeup on, each step represents this teenage girl's response to society's expectation for adulthood and gender roles. Meanwhile, she gets trapped by frustration and uncertainty about the future (symbolized by blue ribbons). After an inner conflict, she finally breaks free. As she runs on her life path, the emotions she carries also change into positive ones (the red and yellow ribbons that stand for passion and motivation), which she keeps in mind at the end of the day.

 

一切就緒後,我便開始著手創作劇本。因為是直接取材於我及身邊人們的日常,過程中想法很自然而然的就浮現了。從第一幕「起床」到著裝及上妝,每個動作都代表著女主角如何回應社會對長大成人以及性別角色的期待。同時,她也深陷對於未來的挫折以及茫然(以藍色絲帶象徵)。經過一番內心掙扎,她終於破繭而出。當她在人生大道上奔跑時,身上背負的情緒也從陰鬱的藍轉成代表熱情的紅及動力的黃,而這些就是她在最後謹記心中的。

 

I hope this short film can encourage people to deal with frustrations optimistically and to truly live for themselves.

我希望這部短片能夠鼓勵大家積極的面對挫折並真正的為自己而活。

 

xx, Winnie WYC

 

 

 

 

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