THE WAY TO MUSIC
Set in a dystopic Paris, after the city is threatened by a series of attacks. Two sisters, Manon and Alecia, must find a way to put their differences aside to support their familial bond. Au Nom Du Peuple is an animated short film that questions free-thinking and finding hope through hard times.
The narrative was inspired by recent terror attacks in Paris, such as Charlie Hebdo in January 2015 and the coordinated attacks throughout Saint-Denis in November 2015. A headline which read “A year of attacks leaves Paris’ streets emptier than usual” demonstrates how an international moral panic has left citizens fearful. This moral panic has been propagated throughout the media with world leaders in the US, the UK and France alike aiming to popularise nationalism by spreading a sense of fear of the other. Au Nom Du Peuple alludes to this issue by using a combination of fantasy and drama, to exemplify society’s attachment to mass media.
The visual style of the film was inspired by the short film Somewhere Down The Line (2014). The use of flat design, hand-drawn animation and a heavily stylised colour scheme subverts the mainstream preference for hyper-realist, 3D computer-animation. Au Nom Du Peuple aims to spark a re-emergence of the classic animation style, but with a modern influence. Contextually, the film draws inspiration from animated films with a political influence such as Persepolis (2007) and Zootopia (2016), which use the animation medium to highlight socially conscious issues in an easily digestible form.