The Bigger Picture
Follow the five steps below to get the most out of your UnLonely Film Festival experience!
Step 1: Watch the film.
Two brothers’ relationships to each other and to their ailing Mum is rendered with dry humor and unique, painterly animation that conveys the paper-thin emotional plight of a family being redrawn by mortality. The film is a tribute to the filmmaker’s grandmother Eileen.
About the FIlmmaker
Daisy Jacobs, born and bred in Britain, is an award-winning animator, writer, and director. She studied at Central St Martin’s School of Art, after which she then studied Animation Direction at the National Film and Television School, graduating in February 2014. The Bigger Picture won a BAFTA and was also nominated for an Academy Award. Daisy’s work was also exhibited in the V&A for London Design Week.
What do you hope UnLonely Film Festival audiences, trying to make sense of loneliness and isolation and navigate a path forward, take from your film?
“That you can move on from it and be happy.”
Step 2: Explore these things after watching the film.
- What do you think Daisy Jacobs’ artistic process consisted of to create The Bigger Picture? Do you think it is easier for the audience to handle life and death themes when they are shared through animation?
- Nick, the caregiving brother interacts with his domestic setting; chores become frenetic, he vacuums everything up in the whole room. How does this surreal visual metaphor of a vacuum serve the film’s narrative? Have you ever felt the urge to vacuum up your problems? If so, how did you handle it?
- The relationship between the brothers is complex, which plays out in painful ways while they are caregiving for their mother. Have you had to share caregiving responsibilities with siblings or other relatives? What lessons would you share with someone who is in the beginning stage of provided care to a loved one?
- Imagine yourself vacuuming up the objects, people, and memories that inhabit your physical space. Imagine this as a “letting go” ritual. Can you draw this action? Don’t worry about how the drawing looks, capture the feeling and the basic visual description of each item/person that is significant to you. You may use your pencil to lightly sketch in your scenario as it unfolds. Keep adding any personal mementos, family members, favorite items of clothing, furniture, bedding you think of and/or see in your room into your drawing.
- Go for an excursion to find free collage supplies. Visit some local fabric or home goods stores for some free sample of home decor fabrics, ask at a magazine stand for old newspapers or magazines they are going to throw out. Make a drawing of a room in your home, adding tactile and photographic collage elements, to recreate the material qualities of The Bigger Picture.
- Using a brown paper grocery bag, trace your hand and arm up to the elbow on it. Draw in all the details that you notice from your own hand, use color if you can. Cut it out, and fold and bend the fingers into different positions, reflecting on the life-sized animation techniques in The Bigger Picture.
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Step 3: Join in the conversation about the film.
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