June 07, 2012
On his entry form, short film showcase contestant SeungAh Lee described his motivation for making the film "In SHAPE" like this:
One day while I was walking down a busy city street, it suddenly seemed that everyone around me was controlled by the shape of squares. It was as though the shape of squares had cast a lengthening shadow on everyone's existence, obscuring people's bright and open-ended awareness with the dreary repetitiveness of day-to-day living, and in a way that no one even noticed.
Lee's got a point. Right now I'm typing away at a square keyboard with square keys, staring at a square computer monitor that is sitting on a square desk. I'm surrounded by square-shaped books, notepads, and post-its. Thank goodness my chair is circular, or I'd be starting to get really alarmed.
But it's about more than just squares. The point of Lee's film is rather poignant, even if it's shown in a simple way: isn't the breaking free of mindless repetitive patterns a key part to being awake in the world?
Voting ends TOMORROW, so there's still some time to watch "In SHAPE" below and cast your vote.