Necessary Shadows

Micro short for London International Animation Festival 2021, heading up the Animated Documentaries category. Based on a case study by renowned 1960s psychiatrist R. D. Laing who developed the idea of the Divided Self. In the book of the same name Laing details meeting a girl who believes the atom bomb is inside her - he prefaces the notion that psychosis can be understood as a coping mechanism for early trauma. Shot as stop motion and composited in After Effects.