Requiem for the Awakening

A few stills from my final independent project at the University of Leeds, and the concept behind:

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Prologue – Purgatory: Lilith lives through a centuries-long dream that she believes is the afterlife. She finds herself in a liminal space, with only one connection to the real world to keep her sane, until everything eventually proves to be designed by her mind.

Chapter I – The awakening: Lilith awakens from the dream and tries to re-learn how to live.

Chapter II – Anxiety: She cannot seem to be able to adjust to life once again. In a stream of consciousness, she re-lives epiphanies from her childhood when she gained acute awareness of her ephemeral condition

Chapter III – Nature escapism: Lilith thinks her environment is a cage, and decides to seek refuge in nature, only to realise she is a living cage. The outer world becomes a reflection of her inner world.

Chapter IV – Refuge in art: The girl turns away from nature and towards the artificial, and eventually, towards art. She reconciles with the idea of death through art, when she becomes art.


This project was part of my Master’s degree at the University of Leeds

3 comments

  1. jdoublep says:

    is “gothic expressionism” an actual art movement? (i’m googling right now) that is fantastic, if so.
    love that that your lead character is named “lilith”
    swell sound design, too.

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    • Diana Marin says:

      Thank you very much!
      German expressionist cinema often has Gothic elements, whether or not it is based directly on Gothic fiction. In this case, I combined the two terms because I tried to emphasise the Gothic aspects- the atmosphere, clothing, props, some of the locations, design sets; found within the expressionist cinematic style consisting of larger than life size shadows and distorted shapes.

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