Little Dinosaurs: A Fight Against Tyranny

The Little Dinosaurs: A Fight Against Tyranny

Little Dinosaurs is an acclaimed one-minute animated short-film that was a Regional Winner in the 2008 British Academy Film Awards (BAFTA). In addition, the film is presently a Short-Listed Finalist in The 2008 National Virgin Media Shorts (UK) film competition, with the winning short-film to be announced at a gala awards ceremony to be held in London on September 29th, 2008.

In Little Dinosaurs, a five-year-old boy discusses how a group of small dinosaurs can stop a big dinosaur from picking on them. The film captures the boy’s excitement and involvement as it presents a view of bullying through the eyes of a child. Technically, the film engages the narrative in a creatively original way. The little dinosaurs in the film are not talking, but rather they’re reacting to what the boy says. It’s as though the viewer can literally see what the young boy is imagining. The little dinosaurs actually look to the camera from time to time, as if they are waiting to hear what the boy says next so that they can know what to do.

Little Dinosaurs is an elegantly simple animated film, which within a time-frame of 60-seconds addresses important contemporary social issues at both practical and global levels. First, it speaks to the issue of bullying, which is currently a major concern for schools and communities in many countries. Secondly, it evokes thoughts about children being able to work together and and about unity. Finally, Little Dinosaurs’ narrative can be abstracted to a global level, in particular to thoughts about the daunting present-day struggles to confront terrorism and tyranny, declaring that, “If we don’t unite against tyranny, we will all be slaves to fear.”

Little Dinosaurs: A Fight Against Tyranny

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Empathy: A Foundation for the Complexities of Love

Empathy, Mutual Recognition and Feelings of Love

I truly hope that readers won’t mind my writing this message that attempts to convey some sense of tranquility. One of the most wonderful opportunities made available and nurtured by writing on the internet is that there arise moments of inspiration which can beget an artistic container enclosing, and a liminal space that relates to, differing personal and public interests with a variety of perspectives. In my case, the art of blogging or writing on the internet evolved or transmuted into a focus upon creative blog composition. My earlier compositions were somewhat lengthy expressions of my understandings of and perspectives on contemporary psychoanalysis, clinical psychology, art, photography, diversity (including the rights of persons in the GLBTTQSA community and other ethnic/minority groups), politics, multimedia and music.

My current blog compositions tend to be short and condensed, but which at the same time embrace several layers of meaning. For example, this composition simply consists of a photograph, this descriptive and interpretive introductory text and a 60-second short-film. A later post might consist of just a single thoughtfully chosen photograph. Regarding this particular composition, in the midst of our current climate of heatedly divisive national political discourse, worrisome economic stressors, environmental and energy concerns and ongoing involvements in international crises, I thought that it might be helpful to offer readers a small oasis, a few moments of thoughtful calm and, perhaps, serenity.

Empathy is a one-minute short film that was a Regional Winner in the 2008 British Academy Film Awards. It is a film of elegant simplicity, which demonstrates how people of different generations can briefly be united by even small gestures of empathic mutual recognition. Empathy reveals how even very young children are capable of showing their passions from an early age. In this short film, the brilliant young actor is able to convey a deeply touching sense of truly heartfelt empathic compassion from which many of today’s adults could well learn.

Empathy: A Foundation for the Complexities of Love

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