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Child (Bird)

Child (Bird)

This video poem discusses the inevitable moment when a child crosses into adulthood and discovers the need to be considered worthy by higher powers. Unable to rise above others' influence, the child is inevitably crushed by judgement and the convoluted values of society. The video conveys the unreal and dream-like nature of the situation, and refers to the belief that many choose to repress or forget the pain of growing up, losing the experience in the depths of the subconscious, and reliving the pain in nightmares.

VIP 2007


Youth producers

Emmi L.

Average rating

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John Jay High School

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Excellent video !! Love the graphic use of b&w photography and typography . The audio tracks set the tempo perfectly . Can't wait for the next one !

Bill  |  June 26, 2007

I really enjoyed this. I thought that the filmmaking and the editing were both great. My only concern would be the sound in relation to the length of the film. I think that may cause people's attention to go elsewhere. Other than that, I really enjoyed this.

Angelic Sosa  |  June 20, 2007

I love the use of black and white. You did a great job with video composition and editing. And the sound is really effective in helping set the mood. I also like how you experimented with focus in your titles. Great job!

Emily Bennison  |  June 19, 2007

Absolutely splendid- a strong mood and sense of unity was created by your use of filters and brightness/contrast. The wonderfully-written poem plays nicely with the equally morbid images and ambiance. Your sound mixing added to the effect, with a mixture of highly edited but still natural-soundng audio. I like the idea of "suggesting" a narration or theme without tying each phrase down to a specific picture, and the result is very effective. A few things less than perfect: the text was occasionally hard to read (this may have been intentional, but was still a little frustrating), and the repeated scenes didn't seem purposeful (but certainly were not boring). All in all, tremendous. The timing/pacing flows nicely too, with a mixture of slow, surreal images and quick cuts.

Michael H.  |  June 11, 2007

A little too experimental. Hard to follow and read the typing.

Konise Millender  |  June 08, 2007

I adore the way this black and white piece uses words to tell such a huge part of the story. All of the blurring, screen-filled type, and strange noises are so awesome! CHILLING!!!

Jennifer Macchiarelli  |  June 04, 2007

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