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Home Sweet Home

 

This is the story of a house which escapes from its suburban foundations and sets off on an epic journey. Tackling themes of friendship, travelling and death in its 10-minute duration, Home Sweet Home combines elements of road-trip, apocalyptic and friendship narratives in its story of a couple houses travelling across America.

 

Task 1:

 

Pause after a few seconds

Describe the opening scenes in 2 sentences. 

Think of reasons why the homes may be derelict.

Would you like to live there.  

If you didn't want to what would you do? 

Stop the film at different points and write the conversation between characters

- for example what are they saying to each other when they are under the bridge in the rain? 

What do they say to each other at the end when Blue leaves Garage on the beach?

Pause at 2.40 minutes

What is Blue thinking when he sees the big White house? 

Describe this house, maybe like we would describe a beautiful princess.

Pause after the Tornado sequence

How do you think it would feel?  Focus on sights, sounds, feelings, smells etc

Pause at the end

Does Blue just leave garage on the beach? 

Why? 

Is garage happy? 

Home Sweet Home

A short movie by Pierre Clenet, Alejandro Diaz, Romain Mazevet and St├ęphane Paccolat, made in Supinfocom Arles during our last year in 2013. Original music by Valentin Lafort. This is the story of a house which escapes from its suburban foundations and sets off on an epic journey.

Task 2

Write an alternative ending - where does Blue go next?  Who does he meet?

 

Extension

The story is set in a universe where humans no longer exist (or perhaps just aren’t seen), the Home Sweet Home team do a great job of attaching emotion and personality to their 4-walled characters.  It is quite light hearted considering the themes in the narrative of friendship and at the end of the film, death.

The film's makers were inspired by photographs of the derelict Detroit housing projects like these:

 

Can you design a building that has character and personality?

Can you bring that building to life by writing a paragraph about it, make sure you focus on lots of examples of beautiful settings for description.
 

 

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