Live Action Animation Fear of Flying Uses Humor to Talk Deep Fears
If you are not in the mood of seeing your smile broaden and feeling your heart melt, Fear of Flying might not be for you today.
The 9 minute Live Action Animation (NOT to be confused with Stop Motion Animation) directed by Conor Finnegan tells the story of a bird whose fear of flying prevents him from heading South before winter.
Fear of Flying is not only a visually pleasant and funny short film, it is also a universal story about struggle and how far we are sometimes willing to go in order to avoid what we are scared of. We probably all have one thing that paralyzes us with fear and comes (or seems to come) very naturally to others. And it is this fear, justified or not, that dictate a lot of our actions, either to avoid it or to avoid people noticing we have it.
Finnegan tackles the subject by pushing the envelope to a point where it can only become funny, afflicting a bird of the worst fear possible: the fear of flying. Watching him struggles to hide his difference and keep on with his life in not-a-sad-way opens up a lot of space to reflect on our own fears. And that’s what great storytelling is all about.
Check the 20 seconds video below for a sneak-peek at how Finnegan mixed puppetry and animation to obtain his warm and lively images:
Thanks to Felix Massie
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