Find out about the latest project of filmmaker Mohammad Mouselmani – The Inside World – and how you can get involved…
Local filmmaker Mohammad Mouselmani has called upon 3D animators and other creative talent to join him in producing his latest project, entitled The Inside World. The Lebanese-born creator of Black and Nothingness released a social media post addressing anyone who wants to get involved to reach out. In particular, 3D animators, sound designers and voice actors. We threw a few questions his way to find out more about the short.
WHAT IS THE INSIDE WORLD ABOUT?
It is an abstract film about a young man who wakes up from a nightmare to find out he lost his eyesight. Later on, he realises he’s trapped in a glass cell under a huge clock that keeps on ticking. Losing perception of time and space, he struggles to maintain his sanity.
It’s an in-depth exploration of self-inflicted suffering as a result of a thorough detachment from humanity. An embodiment of a dark psychological trip in which our character is driven to a corner where denial isn’t an option anymore.
WHAT INSPIRED THE SHORT?
The concept has been spinning in the back of my head for almost a year. It started with a small piece that I co-wrote with my friend Marwa Saab, back in Lebanon. An abstract prose about a blind man who lives in a clock tower, and therefore has no perception of time. It occurred to me to turn it into a script during the first lockdown, which I did. And now it’s in the development process.
HOW HAS IT BEEN SO FAR, DEVELOPING THE FILM VIA ZOOM?
It’s quite challenging actually — very hard to keep things on track and to maintain the interest when no face-to-face meetings are taking place. Nonetheless, I can only say that my friends in Lebanon who I’m collaborating with are doing an awesome job. Despite the miserable surrounding conditions there that make you lose the will to live, let alone work on something creative.
DO YOU HAVE ANY ADVICE FOR ANYONE WANTING TO GET INVOLVED?
I’d tell them it’s not an easy task, but it’s definitely worth it. The idea received a lot of praise from all the people who know about it, and it’s coming out quite nicely. I imagine it’s going to be an amazing experience to work with people that you’ve probably never met before. And to be able to pull it off through commitment and hard work.
For some people, it’s hard to see the beauty of it. I’m not a big fish with millions of pounds behind me — none of us are — and this project isn’t backed by a huge studio. It’ll be only us. Creatives in the middle of very hard times, coming together to make something that we can be proud of. Something that we can talk about later and say this is what we did.
With this, we can challenge industry standards and say we did this awesome job alone on our own terms.
HOW YOU CAN GET INVOLVED?
If you’re a 3D animator, sound designer or voice actor, Mohammad requests that you reach out to him directly.
Alongside The Inside World, Mohammad is involved in another production entitled Death of a YouTuber. This is a five-part web series, described as a dark, satirical comedy “about awful people and why we should be more like them”. To support this project, check out their fundraising page here.
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