Panic attack in a cinema

2015, 7:55minutes, animation film (hand-drawn and computer-assisted traditional animation, watercolour and pencil on paper, cut-out, digital ink-and-paint and rotoscoping)

 

In a period of severe anxiety after a significant personal loss, I ended up trapped in a discrete period of intense fear and discomfort in which frequent panic attacks occurred.
Having to deal with the abnormality of various sensations and uncomfortable symptoms in my everyday life, I began in addition to treatment, to document every possible irrational emotion, image and idea related to unconscious processes.
The initial plan was to gain some amount of control over the dreams and in consequence, reconnect to my unconscious mind.
Thereupon, I started reflecting on all types of desires and anxieties and collecting data from dreaming in a method that could be equivalent to a kind of diary writing: a dream diary.

Keeping a dream data chronicle and documenting similar sensation patterns was enough to restore my depersonalised self-awareness, but it has never been my intention to limit creative processes on-the-level of therapy. My ambition was to become a pioneer in the rigorous illustration of lucid dreams by focusing on the depiction of their unique and vicarious aesthetics: movement and vibrancy.

A further challenge was the visual transferring of the embed image sequences onto one film without neglecting their dream-contextual-absurd juxtapositions and nature: surreal, bizarre, melancholic, sexual and frightening.

For the eight-minute-long, based on my dream diaries animation film, I employed hand-drawn animation and computer-assisted traditional animation techniques such as watercolour and pencil on paper, cut-out, digital ink-and-paint and rotoscoping.

The Searoom, watercolour, solvent transfer and pencil on paper, 2014

The Searoom, digital ink and paint, 2014
 
    looped excerpts from the film, minute: 0:01-0:29
  looped excerpts from the film, minute: 0:30-1:24
     
looped excerpts from the film, minute: 1:25-2:02
  looped excerpts from the film, minute: 2:05-3:30  
Panic Attack in a Cinema, film preview, 2015music by Savvas Karatzias

 
Panic Attack In a Cinema, film preview, 2015music by Savvas Karatzias