Overcome Your Fear
… In Nathan Campbell’s Aqua Profonda.
A mere 95 seconds long, this animated short film needs no words to convey what it might be like to remember the experience of a childhood fear. How memories can stick with us as adults is a topic so beautiful explored in animation, as the harshness of the feelings might be softened just enough. In Aqua Profonda Nathan gives us a space to see his irrational fears as reality, focusing our vision on them for a split second here and there. The experience of fears through Nathan’s film is similar to my own; while many things have been dulled by my aging imagination, fear is not one of them, and I often can daydream into reality.
I found Nathan’s film on one of my favorite online film resources Short of the Week. Along with this film and others like it, you can also find articles, news, special playlists, etc.
I highly recommend following Short of the Week, as there is an enormous variety of short films to be found on the website. Other special mentions include "Gan-Gan" - a docu-stop motion by Gemma Green-Hope - and a delightfully whimsical film called "Cicada Princess" directed by Mauchi Baiocchi and narrated by the one and only Stephen Fry.
Check it out!