Appleseed is a Stop Motion film based on the experiences that people with anxiety have to daily go through. Our initial brief was to come up with a concept for a Stop-Motion film. Being students we are surrounded by people of our own age. Time and again we have observed many students suffering from anxiety. It is something we are all familiar with, and therefore we decided to document this in the form of a film.
A study conducted by the World Health Organization in 2015 shows that one in five Indians may suffer from anxiety and depression in their lifetime, equivalent to 200 million people. This generation is considered to be the most anxious group in history. When we went for research we realized that each individual experienced anxiety at different levels. Some had General Anxiety while others had frequent panic attacks. We also observed how coping with anxiety is now a constant part of almost everyone’s life. 

Visual metaphors were used to depict the right emotion. Alan Fletcher’s ‘The Art of Looking Sideways’ came in handy. Pre-production involved interviewing, conceptualizing each shot, storyboarding, searching for the right object, arranging the set, embroidering, running around for cherry, and dancing when not working. From choosing the right voice for narration to crafting each frame with the perfect light, it all required good teamwork, constant feedback, and severe perseverance. 

Stop Motion Animation, September 2018
Project Mentor: Shravan Arvind
Team: Ashwini Parihar, Deeptanshu Sanyal, Mahima Kamath & Prabhat Paswan.