Melody Kim
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Dawning

Dawning

Short Film

Role

Director, Producer, and Post-production

Collaborators

Sally Choi, Esther Kim, Phillip Han


Project Overview

Plato’s Allegory of the Cave

Inspired by Plato’s Allegory of the Cave, we wanted to create a surreal narrative that communicates the idea that what we see and trust to be the reality is not always what it seems, due to the human ignorance and emotions. Plato’s Allegory of the Cave is a philosophical discussion found in book vii of The Republic about what is reality, knowledge, and the meaning of life.

Concept

The narrative takes place in a futuristic world where pollution and human selfishness has destroyed nature and societal habitat. The protagonist lives in an enclosed technological room since birth which is a metaphor for the cave. The loop is created for the comfort of the people to live their lives in ignorance of the destroyed reality. In the room, people view projections and reflections created by a projector and believe that this is all that is real because they have never experienced anything else. The protagonist is the only one that recognizes glitches in the room and tries to tell the others of what he sees. However, the others ignore his comments and even treat him as being absurd. The protagonist follows the glitches of technology which introduce him to the real world where he encounters destruction and devastation. He is pained by the brightness of the sun and the pollution in the air.