“Hooking” by Ciara Hanby

Log Line: One woman’s attempts to lay down for a peaceful sleep are disrupted by her own thoughts. Sometimes the biggest demon we have to fight is our own mind. Synopsis: Hooking is a 3 minute experimental short film shot…

"Hooking" by Ciara Hanby

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Log Line: One woman’s attempts to lay down for a peaceful sleep are disrupted by her own thoughts. Sometimes the biggest demon we have to fight is our own mind.

Synopsis: Hooking is a 3 minute experimental short film shot on an iPhone 7, which explores the psychological idea around hooking and emotional memory, in particular memories that cause feelings of anxiety and frustration. Unlike good memories, which are often resolved in some way, bad memories can have a more powerful emotional effect due to the fact that the quest to search for some kind of conclusion to them is much greater.

Hooking is the idea that when a bad memory presents itself to us, (almost like on a hook) we choose whether to take the bait or not. In taking the bait this often leads us down a, sometimes self-indulgent, negative path which can spiral into an emotional state of panic, achieving nothing but leaving us anxious and unable to sleep.

Not specifically knowing how the memory presents itself to us, the film’s message strives to be reflective of what happens when we choose to revisit it. Ultimately concluding that the biggest demon we have to fight is our own minds and our own selves.
Taking the surrealist’s interest in dreams, the film intends to discuss how we don’t just dream when we are asleep, and how we often find ourselves day-dreaming, or living out these nightmares where the lines between being awake vs. being asleep and reality vs. fantasy are blurred.

Heavily influenced by David Lynch and his films Eraserhead and Twin Peaks, Hooking uses sound, colour, imagery and editing to create a jarring experience. Like Eraserhead the film uses industrial atmospheric sounds to create haunting and sinister affects and the film juxtaposes between dull dark tones vs hot neon reds to convey eeriness in contrast to the heat, danger and panic the red conveys, which dramatise the horror of the experience.

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