Caterpillar by David Field

21 06 2013

This short will have you intrigued and gripped. You can see why is has been so successful; stunning in cinematography, thought provoking thematically and eerie in presentation. David Field has truly created a masterful work. The short can be targeted on multiple levels. The figure of the old woman is a figure of isolation and decay. Field seems to be alluding to the poor quality of life that many elderly people suffer from. Through her imagination and nostalgia the woman escapes her reality, shedding her “old skin” imagining herself as a younger more physically beautiful version of herself, from caterpillar to butterfly. What Field utilises so well is the pace of the short, the scenes have a real weighty quality, it is not rushed but delicate, giving plenty of breathing room for individual interpretation and thought. The slow pace reflects that of the old woman’s life, uneventful and stagnant. The story, setting and speed creates a meaningful, yet disconcerting short, targeting less exposed social issues.

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