Client: All aspects (except Music Score)
Project Duration: 4 months
Software: Maya, Photoshop, After Effects, Premiere, Trapcode
Maiden Flight is a story about the strength it takes to let go of what you love most by showing how far a handicap man will go to give his wife a dream, even if she is not alive to see it. In doing so he sees what he is capable of in spite of his despair…
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Maiden Flight is a story about the strength it takes to let go of what you love most. The film shows an old man dealing with the loss of someone close by giving them something they always wanted, to fly. We see his environment through a series of fast montages as he works on building himself a mechanical leg so he can walk out of his wheelchair and up a steep hill near his house, to send his wife’s ashes into the wind. She was fascinated with flight and wished to fly herself. This film is about how far a handicap man will go to give his wife that dream, even if she is not alive to see it. In doing so he sees what he is capable of in spite of his despair.
The initial idea for the short film was to tell a story that incorporated some form of walking. I choose to show how important a walk can become when someone has not been able to walk gets that chance. Overtime I decided to develop the idea further and not make it be solely about the walk but an important goal of some kind. People usually don’t walk for the sake of walking, we usually walk in response to something we want to get or a place we want to go or get away from. I see walking as a physical manifestation that points us in the direction of our desires. This thinking was the foundation that lead me to create the character bios below.
Man is the protagonist of the story. An old engineer, who after losing a part of his right leg found happiness in marrying the woman of his dreams. After her passing he became sick and longed to be with her again. His brilliance as an engineer enables him to craft an artificial leg so he can climb the cliff where they carved a heart into a tree, so he can spread her ashes.
Wife is a symbol of hope for Man. She is represented in the film through many things, her urn, the curtains that blow in the wind as if reaching for him, and the outside, which is open and free as she was. She loved the idea of flight and is able to fly at the end of the film when Man climbs the cliff to spread her ashes.
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