Pressure Cooker uses stop motion animation and frenetic editing of 8mm film, stock footage and much more to stimulate the audience, creating a plethora of movements and textures to imitate the order and chaos ever-present in our modern world.
Chaos is an inevitability of life on earth, entropy persists no matter how great man’s efforts are to produce systematic order. In the western world today, we rely heavily on automated machines and electronic devices to maintain our preferred ways of living whilst other areas of humanity strive and toil to survive.
The western worlds practices are not entirely without merit but do present some unavoidable problems if not carried out with care and respect for the natural forces that ultimately dictate our livelihood.
We are happy to consume as much as we possibly can, whilst turning a blind eye to the effects of the near imperishable waste that this level of consumption causes. Some of us will drive to and from our jobs that are less than a mile away, regardless of the financial, physical and environmental benefits of walking or cycling instead. Some of us do not realise the fragility of the systems we have permitted to control our lives, machines and computers are as susceptible to malfunction as anything else is in nature, complete reliance on them to control nearly all aspects of our daily lives is dangerous and sets us up for harsh disillusionment.
Hopefully, some of the frenetic imagery in this film will stimulate personal memories and feelings within the audience, encouraging them to draw on their own conclusions regarding the topics of the film, maybe even urging them to consider the consequences of their own habits and actions from a broader perspective.
The visual style of the film attempts to exemplify the aforementioned zeitgeist of western culture, relating it to a boiling broth of contrasting agendas, disparate attitudes, misinformed actions as well as a hopeful nod to images of the planet that we should aim to protect from ourselves.
Label: Destroy Oh Boy
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