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Monday 26 November 2012

Through the Looking Glass

Thanks for sending this, Craig.

"The time has come," the Walrus said,
"To talk of many things:
Of shoes--and ships--and sealing-wax--
Of cabbages--and kings--
And why the sea is boiling hot--
And whether pigs have wings."

The walrus was trying to get the oysters to jump into a pot so he and the carpenter could eat them (I think?).  As you know, it's from Lewis Carroll's, Through the Looking Glass and What Alice Saw There.  I'm not sure if it came before or after Alice in Wonderland but I read it to my daughter when she was little. It's one of those stories that seems really simple but is beautifully complex should one decide to delve.

It's appropriate, here, really, because stories of apparent possession/descent into madness may seem similar on the surface, but each individual that battles the madness has a unique perspective and often does so completely alone.  But this isn't about my pop psychological analysis of an artist's descent into madness, this is about - referring to the trailer for Through the Looking Glass - an apparent demon that manifests itself. Or is it?

While it's true that we can reference, The Shining and Wilde's, Portrait of Dorian Gray (sort of) and others, madness and demons, personal or otherwise are as real as the human mind allows.

Where was I?  Through the Looking Glass, trailer.

Through the Looking Glass is the story of an artist who receives an old mirror.  This mirror is, or represents, a gateway to what appears to be a darker place and the artist begins his slow descent into said madness.

Several things struck me about the trailer.  It was very tastefully and professionally presented - it looked great.  The sound and lighting were perfect for the genre and the acting was top notch.  It was near impossible to tell that it was made on a limited budget.

The short trailer (1:26) felt like a heartbeat; slow and steady, increasing with the madness, building to a crescendo...  It fades to a scream and then a likeness of the same scream, only painted. Nice touch.

Finally, it asks, "what's your reflection?"

I really like these types of stories. Very cool stuff.

See for yourself:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VLXdYd3Vxc0&feature=youtube_gdata_player

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