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Thicket

How We Crafted

Anxiety Through Design for Thicket

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Chapter 1

Meet Adrianna and Her Film, Thicket

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Adrianna Matwiejczuk

"...but during second year I started watching mostly independent animation on Vimeo and I just fell in love with them, like totally - my heart was so set on animation I couldn't do anything else..."

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Chapter 2

Giving Anxiety a Look

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"I wanted to find some king of different external symptom than just sweating and make it more interesting both for the audience to watch and for animation itself."

And was the plants only meant to convey the external symptoms of anxiety?

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A plant that is not valued where it is growing and is usually of vigorous growth; especially : one that tends to overgrow or choke out more desirable plants

"CHWAST" (weed in English)

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Did you consider adding more 'unnatural' elements such as the eyes and the plants?

Chapter 3

Ending on a Sad Note and Tackling the Subject

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"I really want people who are dealing with the same problems that I depicted in my film, to realize that anxiety is something you can work with."

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Why didn't you go for a happy ending with your film?

"I think it would be better as a happy ending, but I didn't want to create a happy ending because I wanted to - I wanted people to think more about why it ended this way."

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Did you have any concerns in terms of your design?

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"Because these topics are pretty hard and it's not easy, especially when you are making films about your own problems, to show it to an audience - because you're being really vulnerable then. So I think it's also really important to think if you really want to do this film now or if you are ready to it - to show yourself and to show your weakness."

"...is to really get involved in the topic. For example if they don't face these problems themselves, then to really talk to people who either have these problems or maybe are some kind of psychiatrist or psychologist who deal with people with these problems. Because I think the worst thing is being misunderstood and showing something that won't be believable for people and won't be true."

The End

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