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Imaginary Friend

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  • Medium:

    Film with stop frame animation, painting, making and design

  • Artist:

    Eva Sykes

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    Eva Sykes (14)

    Eva created ‘Imaginary Friend’ whilst attending The Factory; Tyneside Cinema’s free arts project for young people aged 14-19 who are interested in sound, moving image and visual art.

    The group were exploring the theme of ‘Strange’ alongside a season of David Lynch screenings.

    Eva was meticulous in her approach and spent weeks creating her set and models. She watched clips from ‘Blood of a Poet’ by Jean Cocteau, which seems to have inspired her process and thinking.

    Eva started off experimenting with Stop Frame Animation; she made models of the two characters and created a short story where one was good and the other was bad.

    She spent weeks creating her set and models and was careful in her filming.

    Biggest challenge? Not giving up on ideas. I wasn’t sure how I was going to make it into a mirror image but I actually managed to do it ok!

    (Eva Sykes)

     

     

     

  • Age:

    14

  • Submitted by:

    Jude Thomas, Learning and Participation Programme Producer, Tyneside Cinema

“A young girl looks in the mirror and there is an evil version looking back. She drags her into the mirror, into the bad side. When I was little I had an imaginary friend, she used to be nasty and give me ideas. It is based on that! Strange is being different to everyone else, thinking outside of the box and not being afraid to try out new things.”
(Eva Sykes)

Eva spent weeks creating her set and models. She watched clips from Blood of a Poet by Jean Cocteau which seems to have inspired her process and thinking.
(Jude Thomas, Tyneside Cinema)