Hello, I Like You
Follow the five steps below to get the most out of your UnLonely Film Festival experience!
Step 1: Watch the film.
Okay, so this really isn’t a film about loneliness. Hello, I LIke You was actually produced in response to a thematic challenge to depict happiness! But, we thought that its cutting-edge artistry, captivating sound and stunning imagery of the everyday beauty all around us might provide a tonic, even an antidote to feelings of isolation and alienation. And then there’s the title, a good reminder to connect to others with simple positivity!
About the FIlmmakers
The trio Chris Smith, Michelle Higa, and Jesse Casey founded their company Mixtape Club after childhood friendships and collaborations as students at Brown University. The company’s mission is to make videos to entertain new audiences, promote new products, explain complex ideas, and document unique experiences. They are located in New York City and their recent projects include a children’s book series: The Unicorn Rescue Society, for which they also produced an accompanying animation.
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With this film, we’ve gone back to the basics, the simplest of inanimate objects, and transformed them into a tapestry of playful, choreographed dance for your enjoyment. The abstracted footage of such everyday scenery reminds us to take a closer look at our surroundings. The music of this piece provides a gentle eardrum massage as the dreamy nature shots and crescendo of spinning bolts takes the viewer on a visual journey.
Step 2: Explore these things after watching the film.
- The film has been described as an exploration of finding happiness in everyday details. If you were trying to create a film with the same purpose, what objects would appear and why?
- With a nonlinear narrative at work, the soundtrack plays an important role in keeping viewers engaged. How would you describe its sound? Did you note any specific and unusual noises? How does it contribute additional meaning to the film?
- Watch the film again and pay attention to the ideas and thoughts the visuals inspire. Was your experience different watching it a second time? If so, how?
- Collect objects from your surroundings—either inside or outside your home or both. Collect the objects and sort them into categories. Play around with these objects by making interesting designs with their placements. Don’t worry about meanings or symbolism but rather strive to create a design that you find pleasing. Glue it down on a backdrop (paper, cardboard, etc.) and share with others. If you like, try giving it a name or experiment with adding some text.
- Walk around your home or neighborhood and take photos of those objects that inspire you. If possible, print out the photographs and make a collage and hang it where you can see it.
- Listen to your playlist or your favorite songs at the moment. Is there a song or two that inspire visual imagery? While listening to the song, sketch some of the visual elements in a drawing. Is there a narrative story that comes to mind for the song? Then create a storyboard to show how the action and scenes unfold.
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Step 3: Join in the conversation about the film.
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