Dark Room is my latest film, a reflection about relationships. The hero of this project revisits some old photos and starts to be hunted by the ghost of his ex-girlfriend. The film also talks about how memories and photographs might not show what really happens between couples. The happy memories of those moments that will never come back, and it just makes the whole thing more interesting and that generates unrealistic expectations .
It is a personal project, so no clients were involved. What I wished and wanted to convey with Dark Room was: Well, I believe happiness does not exist without sadness and sadness does not exist without happiness. One doesn’t exist without the other, sometimes you could be happy and yet sad at the same time. This is the principle of homesickness, of nostalgia, all those feelings mostly produced by memories. It is a bittersweet feeling.
I hope the film helps the viewers make pieces with the above and accept it as part of everyone's journey.
It most definitely helped me!
It was also a film and an immersive experience. Pocko's art gallery in Dalston, London, was turned into a photography developing room and frames of the film were printed and hung on the wall. The movie was also projected on the wall. As a result we had an exhibition with a 360º approach with multiple assets.
A film by Sugar Blood
Directed | Designed | Animated & Written by Pedro Allevato
Sound Designed by Bruno Allevato
Read by James McConnell
Additional Animation by Peter Lowey & Rui Almeida
Produced by Andrew Fleming and Pedro Allevato