A stop-motion film Written, Directed and Produced by Bismark Fernandes. The film was made as a part of my MFA thesis research, at Savannah College of Art and Design in Savannah Georgia. This was a collaborative effort by students and professionals at SCAD.
Writer | Director | Producer : Bismark Fernandes
Director of Photography: Laura Jung
Co- Producer: Jahnvi Shah
Concept Art: Kaisha Gwen, Deirdre Beck, Kiyomi Ong
Character Designer: Stefaniya Dvoyak
Animators: Bismark Fernandes, Andrés Eduardo, Corey Householder and Paige Hurd
Costume Designer: Franklin Brown and Kristen Heritage
Puppet Fabricators: Bismark Fernandes, Naomi Wiener and Jackie Nash
Set/Prop Fabricators: Enna Chow, Bismark Fernandes, Zoe Huddleston, Naomi Wiener, Paul Rabbitt, Jackie Nash, Jacklyn Meyers and Margo Glass
Visual Effects: Mazyar Sharifian
Sound Re-recording and Editing: Abhijit Roy and Colin Andrew Grant
Humans constantly utilize or exploit resources that are available to us. The term resource is used in a general sense, as it can be related to food, water, raw materials or fuel. We use it as a necessity, to survive or use it excessively as a luxury to bring comfort. The film “Expend” portrays the human tendency to exploit resources for our petty desires. In the story, the character acquires this energy by bringing harm to other creatures in the process. The human character in the film does not feel remorse or guilt for his actions as this is part of his daily routine. The idea is not to condemn the use of our resources but to think of its source before wasting it. The medium of stop-motion was chosen to complement the idea of the story. Stop-motion is tactile and tangible. Everything on the other side of the screen is relatable and real. It pushes the boundaries of story telling by connecting with the audience on a personal level.