Forgotten Paradise, A Short Film by Sylvia Love Johnson

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Forgotten Paradise, A Short Film by Sylvia Love Johnson

A bold look into theories on ‘loneliness’

In search for the answer of some of the most important questions in life, two young boys 8 and 10 years old put into action their creative skills, they decide to make a film about fear and loneliness. Research, a spirit of adventure and pure child like reasoning results in a surprising turn of events. A hearty, emotionally uplifting comedy, with poetic elements of spiritual awakening.

Forgotten Paradise, A Short Film by Sylvia Love Johnson

She MOon, Love Spell A Short Film by Sylvia Love Johnson.

 A writer recalls an encounter with her lover. The feelings evoked lead her to remember a chapter in her childhood when she was casted a love spell. Meanwhile she writes a new story about the magic bond of five chosen girls, with a higher purpose. The girls will cast a spell, during a full moon night, to affect humanity’s heart while we dream.

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Hekate Film Works Short Animation Competition (Round 2)

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 ROUND TWO OPEN for Registration

 

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These are the steps to follow:

1.  Register by filling in our short contact form below. At this stage we only need your contact information and samples of your animation and art work. If  we believe that you are suitable to join our team we shall invite you to participate in the competition.

2.  If you are selected we shall contact you with more details about the competition. Note that everyone is welcome to register to be considered, but the competition is by invitation only. Please make sure you read the our Guidelines/Terms and Conditions and  our Authorisation/Agreement/Waiver before you submit your work. The Authorisation must be signed and sent back to us before submitting your work.

3. You will receive the short animation project designed for this competition. It is a short sequence lasting 20-30 seconds.

4. The winner will  get an internship  with Hekate film Works, as well as the promotion and exposure of their work. All finalist will receive exposure and promotion.

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   HEKATE Film Works Short Animation Competition round 1  Winner

 

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  RASHI RAI

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I am a BA Animation graduate from Middlesex University of year 2014. I identify myself as a 2d Animator and I aspire to be one of the best 2D Animator but I do enjoy other styles of animations. I mostly work on TVPaint and After Effects though I am fluent on Flash, CorelPainter and Photoshop and few other softwares. Few of my inspiring animation artists/directors are Hayao Miyazaki and Aleksandr Petrov.

I mostly enjoy making hand drawn 2D digital animations. My drive in producing animations depend on the nature of the story and its messages. I prefer to make animations that involve deep meanings that resonate with the society/individuals.

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        ADAM WEBB

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I graduated from the University of Creative Arts and completed a BA Honours Computer Graphics and Animation Course with a degree grade of 2:2. I became very passionate towards the area of character design and animation which is reflected in the projects completed for the university and personal work I have produced during my spare time and for competitions. One particular project I was proud of was a transcription of the character Jack Frost, which was originally a university project that didn’t receive high praise but I took the original work and pushed it further in my spare time to create something different and unique, I was particularly impressed with the result as were my tutors and friends as it showed that I fully understood how to re-invent a well known character to suit the genre of a RPG game. I have completed work experience with a visual effects firm called Butch Auntie to create small visual pieces that are later projected at live shows and events,  I can work as part of a team and that I can be very proactive when working on the company’s projects at home by myself. I am particularly interested in film and video games so I hope to end up in one of these fields. I enjoy being involved in the development process of a project taking the idea from concept to production and not afraid to try new challenges in order to grow and improve my understanding of animation and skill set.

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METHOD: Anatomy of the Creation Process

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The making of METHOD, short film in working progress.

Symbolism, design, themes, music score and character study.
The creation process of a story of character, portraying the necessity for constant renewal.
Our characters try to reconcile the darkest side of their soul with the light that surrounds them yet some can’t or won’t. METHOD is employed to reveal the truth.

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Speaks on Love Kahlil Gibran

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When love beckons to you, follow him,
Though his ways are hard and steep.
And when his wings enfold you yield to him,
Though the sword hidden among his pinions may wound you.
And when he speaks to you believe in him,
Though his voice may shatter your dreams
as the north wind lays waste the garden.

For even as love crowns you so shall he crucify you. Even as he is for your growth so is he for your pruning.
Even as he ascends to your height and caresses your tenderest branches that quiver in the sun,
So shall he descend to your roots and shake them in their clinging to the earth.

Like sheaves of corn he gathers you unto himself.
He threshes you to make you naked.
He sifts you to free you from your husks.
He grinds you to whiteness.
He kneads you until you are pliant;
And then he assigns you to his sacred fire, that you may become sacred bread for God’s sacred feast.

All these things shall love do unto you that you may know the secrets of your heart, and in that knowledge become a fragment of Life’s heart.

But if in your fear you would seek only love’s peace and love’s pleasure,
Then it is better for you that you cover your nakedness and pass out of love’s threshing-floor,
Into the seasonless world where you shall laugh, but not all of your laughter, and weep, but not all of your tears.
Love gives naught but itself and takes naught but from itself.
Love possesses not nor would it be possessed;
For love is sufficient unto love.

When you love you should not say, “God is in my heart,” but rather, “I am in the heart of God.”
And think not you can direct the course of love, for love, if it finds you worthy, directs your course.

Love has no other desire but to fulfill itself.
But if you love and must needs have desires, let these be your desires:
To melt and be like a running brook that sings its melody to the night.
To know the pain of too much tenderness.
To be wounded by your own understanding of love;
And to bleed willingly and joyfully.
To wake at dawn with a winged heart and give thanks for another day of loving;
To rest at the noon hour and meditate love’s ecstasy;
To return home at eventide with gratitude;
And then to sleep with a prayer for the beloved in your heart and a song of praise upon your lips.

She Moon, Love Spell A FIlm For Peace

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She Moon, Love Spell  

Official Selection:  A FILM FOR PEACE FESTIVAL

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Films A FILM FOR PEACE Festival, will be published in the 2013 festival catalogue, selected films will be included in the catalogue of the Festival as well as will be submitted for evaluation to a circuit of high school and university students of Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Veneto and Trentino-Alto Adige.
She Moon, Love Spell” Short Film  based on the Novel by Sylvia Love Johnson Selene Hekate, Mystic Dream.
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“It only takes a man’s or a woman’s dream ….”

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Selene Hekate. A Mystic Dream  (Short Novel)

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It only takes a man’s or a woman’s  vision to change the destiny of all people in all nations.
In a journey that unites the conscious and the subconscious minds an eternal dream will be fulfilled.
Extraordinary souls hold the key to the truth that can only be comprehended with a bare heart in hand. Be bold and brave be truely daring, dare to live. Your dreams are your destiny.


Selene Hekate. A Mystic Dream
by Sylvia Johnson
Cover art by Mark Ryden


Selene Hekate, Mystic Dream…

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I woke up from a dream in which there was only  Selene and darkness.

Her hair felt like silk caressing my skin, her red cheeks, warm, illuminating, filling the emptiness within.  Her  green eyes glowing intensely,  resembling bright emerald stars in the night. She blended in the shallowness of my dwelling place,  where I have lived  suspended in time for almost 10 years, existing; my chaotic flat  is the true representation of my mind.  It  perpetuates an intense and tormenting scent of jasmine blossom.

Once it was my favourite fragrance,  now it is impregnated on the walls,  impersonating the essence of my living,  from the a day I smashed  the perfume bottle  against the mirror. Irritation, impatience, infuriation and rage often  my true and  most faithful companions, and my comfortable, indulgent solitude . The  vexation deep in the heart and the longing, always the longing.  It’s hard to explain, the longing for someone or something that you miss, but  was never there.

Sometimes I picture myself running away from my head, determinedly fleeing from my thoughts. The reality is that there are memories one cannot scape,  nor forget, because the story I’m about to tell, I tell it not because I want to tell , but because I must, the story imprisoned, unjustly within our heads and hearts screams ever so loudly, now more than ever to be let out…

 

I heard her whispering my name.

Her laughter echoed in the dark; she woke me up.

Her breath caressed my senses,  her face was directly above me, her eyes staring into my soul, piercing.

The deliciously disturbing  and unexpected visit from my best friend made it impossible to go back to sleep, it was 4 o’clock in the morning,

Selene come back… I begged in the mists of a million thoughts and questions all mixed with fear, excitement and anxiety.

It was her ghost! was it not?  Selene is dead, or at least, she is not fully alive, has she just died? I will call her mother tomorrow to find out… I will call her mother tomorrow…

I repeated in my head, knowing there was not way that affirmation was going to get acted upon, the thought of it made me shiver..

Whenever I am under stress or in a bewildering and hostile situation, I feel instinctively drawn to water.  I also feel instinctively drawn to water when I’m happy and excited,  when I feel lonely or depressed, afraid or insecure. I do feel  drawn to water in any and may situations as a matter of fact.  I strongly believe that in another life I was a fish.

I made a bubble bath infusing it with lavender and rose petals, I sat on my bathtub; letting  my mind go,  thoughtless. Normally,  the middle of the night is the time when all my senses at their highest sensory vibrations.

I desired to feel Selene’s presence once again. I breathed in the fumes that emerged with the rich vapours of natural essence  and focused my eyes on the flame of the candle, it glowed soft and golden. I always rebuke myself, I know what fire can bring, but this time I wanted to let it in.

When I close my eyes after staring at fire my inner vision projects dazzling sparks of light flashing.

A while ago I decided to deny the manifestation of anything that reminds me of the magical unknown forces, paranormal occurrences, parallel pathways,  the art of wishing and desiring, love in its truest form,  all these practices and activities which I became so deeply acquainted with, during my childhood.

I plunge into the water with my eyes close, when  I open them still submerged; Selene’s ghostly figure reappears and assumes what seems an impossible posture above me.  She fits perfectly in the bath, hovering under  the water; her nose touching mine.  She flashes a mischievous grin and then she vanishes again, like the mist in the forest at dawn. I gasp, open  my mouth oblivious to the water, yelling…

Don’t go!

My childhood screams at me. Selene’s ghost leaves me in reveries which toke the form of unwanted thoughts; memories threatening to break the strict silence that they had kept in during many years….

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He gave her the smile of a life time, with a stabbing glare to die for, but she, shyly, turned her eyes away from his wooing gesture, thus totally blocking future intention of pursuing any trace of romance, intimacy or love. She sworn to herself that, next time they crossed each other’s path in Avenue Pierre Loti, or any other street within their neighbourhood; she would serve him with the best of her smirks and spice it up with gaze that would certainly invite thoughts of passionate affairs, licit and indecent. She remembers this and sighs deeply, hopelessly; destiny has not yet given her the long awaited for “next time”. I wish he was a made up character, in one of my stories and I wish she was one of my tough and brave heroines, who goes through a vast amount trouble and turmoil during most of her life but in the end she gets all she wants or at least all she needs. Unfortunately he is a real man, by the name of Jean Baptiste, and she is me.But this story started long ago. The first time I had to confront desolated loving feelings. “You are not mature for love” Said Selene, The words felt like a dagger launched at my heart, or a sharp double edge sword, piercing my soul. All these years, painful as it is, I have allowed those words to remain nailed where she left them. I know that if I try to pull them out; my heart would most certainly disintegrate. It is save to leave the truth resting there, were it belongs. On that sunny day Selene and I were having a conversation about Alan Dreamt, the boy I was in love with throughout school my school years;  A. Dreamt was my very first emotional disaster. I chattered on about how I knew we were meant to be, but neither of us would do anything about it. I was nervous, my hands sweating, my mouth dry, feeling hopeless and totally terrified by the thunder storm of sensations that had invaded me.

 Selene had not said a word for a while, she listened . Love…. I heard her say from my state of wishful thinking, in reveries, then, she looked at and conjured the spell…

“Love from above shine here below Love of soul let her be whole Love in spirit be empty of all Love infinite be he adored Let love on earth be poured Let fear in her soul flee its hold May the Joy of love never be here untold”  The scent of sweet magic became visible in the form rose fragranced sparkles of light. I felt a sudden breeze, my knees trembled. A torrent of tears manifested pouring down my face. I could not explain the fear that so passionately swamped me. “You are not mature for love.” She threw this at me like it was a towel to dry my tears with.

“True love is the ultimate manifestation of God’s purpose for creating you. True love is the bond between two souls which were meant to be one, yet they split at the beginning of time so that in the search for each other they would learn the meaning of love, as it unfolds, for it is God’s will that we learn that we are love.

The bond of true love signifies God’s perfection and it is the fulfilment of the law. It is the blessing we are born to be”