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21:30 - Networking
Wavy Head is my first documentary. When I was 9 months old, a team of doctors cut into my skull, removed my forehead, put my eye-sockets on a table, reshaping my face completely. This caused a year of tension and terror in my family, and gave me scars still visible today, yet I can’t remember a single thing about the whole ordeal. It was therefore irresistible to make a film investigating this personally life changing event that seemed to only change the lives of my family. The movie’s plan was simple: I’d interview my mom and dad, reconnect with the surgeons, throw in some animation to tie it up and maybe even have a touching moment where I thank Dr. Forrest, the head of the Cranio surgery department at Sick Kids, for saving my life. But, as I learned over the course of the last few months, making this documentary was not as tightly controlled as a pre-planned script. My initial ideas of chronicling my gratitude for having my life back, getting a second chance, were derailed when I learned during the interviews that my condition was probably not fatal. If I didn’t have the surgery, and kept growing with my ‘original’ skull, I wouldn’t perish, but instead develop a deformed head (with other possible side effects). I redirected the film, pondering what my life would have been like if I still had a deformed head today. The film started as an investigation of a surgery that changed my life, and evolved into an exploration of the idea that I could have been a completely different person, physically, emotionally, and socially, if I still had a deformed head today. The film is structured into live footage interviews and animations. The interviews give background and factual details. I animated over most of the interviews to provide a more personal take, and I hope to have crafted animation evocative of a young person’s imagination running wild while being told grown-up stories of a surgery, a deformed skull and a whole lot of sharp knives.
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