Task 6: personal choice

Stream-of-consciousness theory

Calev (1978) claims that the stream of consciousness in film is the cinematic representation of mental processes of characters, turned into the structure of a movie, which in “The stream of consciousness in the films of Alain Resnais”.



Stream of Consciousness is a short film by Steven Lifshey

I like this film is because it is a very fine piece of purely visual storytelling. The juxtaposition of fantasy and reality sequences work really well and I especially like the transitions. In addition, an audience comments that it has such irony, which like you’re in some maddening circle of time that almost makes it feel like life is caught up in a whirlwind of routine, and then it hits you. You have this sudden moment of inner silence where you realize that you are a being that exists. That you are aware. And everything else after that is meaningless repetition.

As Calev mentioned, stream of consciousness comes from an awareness of drama that happens within the individual’s feelings. In some films, directors will present this kind feeling directly, which not through its result in external way. They will strive to express the co-existence of past, present and future in the character’s mind as well as the show in every moment of experience.

All the above, which inspire me to consider and design each shoot more careful and significant for my future digital storytelling.


Calev, C 1978, The stream of consciousness in the films of Alain Resnais, Columbia University, US.


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