Denial. First in a five-part series of videos we made for BreakupChronicles.com.
In “Denial” I was most interested in capturing the moments where we know something is wrong, but we’re not yet ready to admit it. We try to convince ourselves that there is still hope. We don’t want things to change. But we know,deep down, that they already have.
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This is why LA needs more subways!
I recently watched THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL – an old chestnut sci fi from 1951. The movie tells the tale of Klaatu, a space man who travels 250 million miles to land on earth and deliver a warning. If humans do not halt their aggressive tendencies they will be considered a threat by the other planets, and Earth will be destroyed. Of course, before he can deliver his message, he is shot by the Army. Way to go, Earth!
I found the story and its message to be amazingly relevant to the America of 2008.
In a pivotal scene, Klaatu and Helen – an earth woman he has become friendly with – take an excruciatingly slow cab ride to the space ship, followed in hot pursuit by the three remaining National Guard troops that have not yet been deployed to Iraq.
In the cab, Klaatu worries that if anything happens to him, Gort – his all-powerful Robot BFF – will go all Terminator and take extreme measures. Luckily, Klaatu tells Helen there is a phrase she can utter to stop Gort.
Klaatu instructs Helen if the Army, say, manages to shoot him again, she is to repeat the following:
“Gort – Klaatu Barack Obama.”
And with those words, catastrophe will be avoided!
(What? Oh. It’s actually “Gort – Klaatu barada nikto.” Whatever. It’s still a good movie.)
Post Haste is very proud to present a series of videos we produced for The Breakup Chronicles website.
We looked at the process of going through a breakup, and the emotions people go through as they move from denial, to anger, to bargaining, to sadness and finally – to acceptance.
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The Breakup Project is done!
Our client, Lisa Steadman of The Breakup Chronicles, is in the process of putting the videos on her website. We anticipate that by early next week they will be up for your viewing pleasure. We’ll provide all the details as soon as the project goes live.
We worked very hard on this project, and we’re very proud of it!
1. Follow your instinct and go with what your gut tells you.
2. Review your project. Decide that you are pleased. And that you are talented. And that you are under-appreciated and wasting your time and abilities, and wonder when you will receive the recognition for which you are long overdue, and the attendant money and fame, although the fame – eh, you could live without it, but the money would be nice.
3. Go get a snack. Chocolate? Something salty? Something crunchy? Hmmm. This is hard. Why must everything in life be a choice? Why can’t you just have an assistant who picks out your snacks, freeing you to concentrate on the really important creative decisions?
4. Return to your work and review your project again.
5. Decide that you hate it and it’s all wrong. Start to panic because you are untalented and obviously fooling yourself. Feel worthless and convinced that you will never succeed at anything, obviously, and “they” must be right because you have not, in fact, become rich and famous.
6. Start fiddling with your project. Reverse some choices. Replace something with something else. Decide the new version is SO much better.
7. Review new version. Decide you hate it. Become depressed because you don’t know what is wrong.
8. Stare at the thing that must be changed that you have no idea how to change. Feel the will to live slowly draining from your body.
9. Change something. Decide this is an improvement. Change it a little bit more. Begin to feel happy.
10. Review your new version. Ask the cat if it works. Decide that it works.
11. Feel relief that the new version works.
12. Realize that the new version is almost exactly the same as the original version before you panicked and made changes.
13. Feel relieved but confused and a little angry at yourself. Vow to always trust your first instinct. Also vow to never become the type of person who makes their assistant run out to Starbucks, even though it sure would be nice to have a vanilla latte or something right now.
14. Tell your partner “It’s done.” Ask partner what he thinks, knowing that you will not listen, because the only person you should listen to is yourself. Except if partner has a good idea, because sometimes he really does, and you are a big enough person to realize that.
15. Go to lunch.