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Noesis

2009 // Drama, Short Film, Student Film, Stop Motion

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Dir: Sophie Kievenow


What is the film about?

‘Noesis’ is an animated short film about growing up and the changes and losses on the way.

It translates the mental process of growing up by using the visual means ‘imprinting‘ and ‘growing‘ with the help of a paper maché technique. The film is animated traditionally under camera with the focus on a close connection of technique, material and narrative.

The term ‘Noesis‘ represents the mental process of acquiring knowledge by means of perception and reasoning. It also describes the mental action of focusing on an object and applying sense to it.

A little background information...

Noesis has been made within the MA Media Animation course at the Bristol School of Animation with the help of a scholarship granted by the DAAD, Germany.
In terms of the film’s topic my main interest lie in themes related to human motivation such as communication, home, memory and change. Thinking about these I came up with the idea for the film’s story and although ‘Noesis’ is mainly about the loss of childlike naivete, I picture that the loss of a belief or an ideal is not necessarily restricted to literally coming of age. The title ‘Noesis’ is a synonymic and less common term for cognition – the mental process of acquiring knowledge by means of perception and reasoning – while ‘noesis’ additionally describes the mental action of focussing on an object and applying sense to it.

How was the film made?

The film is animated traditionally under camera with the focus on a close connection of technique, material and narrative and was realized within my MA animation course at the Bristol School of Animation in June 2009.

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