Those with imagination perceive the world differently. The mundane and habitual can easily be turned into heroic tasks that can save empires. It’s a joyous feeling that life thrives on, but when it’s striped from you it is a fate worse than death. Nothing has been able to illustrate this better than the new short by Anthony Falleroni, Blurry.
Blurry allows us to take the epic journey of a normal day of home and work life with a beautifully imaginative woman. Her husband transforms into an angel, saluting her before she starts her commute in a futuristic car. There is finally gets a glimpse of how imagination enriches our lives. It’s not about trying to make our boring lives better, but instead how everyday life is already full of adventures.
“When you try to do something creative in our culture it’s usually seen as the weird path as opposed to the normal path, whatever that may be,” Falleroni says. “I think that the idea of trying to fit in can sometimes comes at the expense of the letting yourself be yourself.”
This short brings forth a slew of questions, all personal for individuals to answer. Mainly, what is happiness, and is it righteous for us to force a particular way of life on someone else because they are different? This could open Pandora’s box into a wide range of topics, but the one at hand, imagination, is the most important of all. We witness what happens when a particular lifestyle is pressured onto someone else, and frankly it’s painful. Viewers visually are able to experience what its like to be creatively stifled, to be restricted from something that brings a person joy and energy.
The choice to create this story using animation not only allowed the story to unfold in the way imagination does, with infinite possibilities, but it also allowed Falleroni to fully connect to the emotion at the heart of the story. Every frame that was created for the story was done by hand and meaningful to the story.
“I’m fascinated with silent storytelling and films, Chaplin is my hero. The trick is to not to make it feel forced, I feel that is pure cinema,” Falleroni adds. “Making it to where anyone could relate, for any language speaker, that’s what attracted me to the execution. You hope it’s not vague enough that someone couldn’t put themselves in it, but clear enough that it doesn’t feel like this character is blank.”
“Blurry” is an important film in a multitude of ways. It’s a visual representation of imagination, expressing what it’s truly like for the creative to live each day. It respectfully shows the way those who thrive on inspiration experience life, and what it feels like in our gut when we are cut off from it. A bond is formed between the viewer and the film, allowing an appreciation to witness this beautiful way of life.
On the other hand, it’s a way for those who have never experienced these elements to finally understand what its like for the other half. It’s not about trying to better your life, instead it’s about enhancement. One can hope that they can understand what it feels like when the pressure of oppression is applied, and that a balance can be found to satisfy both parties.
Balance is all we can hope for in life, and “Blurry” helps us all realize that it is possible, just as long as we stay true to ourselves no matter what outside forces are around us.
Written by Lisa Mejia