Get Happy By Being Alone

I chose this narrative video because it surprised me the first time I watched it.  The title seemed trite.  It started slowly, but a friend introduced it to me and I really respected her opinion so I watched anyway.  I find it as moving now as I did the first time I saw it.  I watch it every so often to take a few minutes to just relax or attempt to meditate or to remind myself to be mindful.  It’s not so much about “being alone” as it is about inner peace or just simply choosing to be happy, which is a great choice!

A video by filmmaker, Andrea Dorfman, and poet/singer/songwriter, Tanya Davis.

Davis wrote the poem and performed in the video which Dorfman directed, shot, and edited.  The animation in the video was hand-drawn and scanned and edited using Adobe After Effects (Pretty advanced stuff, but cool to note).

The video depicts scenes of Davis’ poem simultaneous to her narration.  This allows for the message to be conveyed easily.  The lighting in the video is bright.  The audio of her voice is calm and soothing.  It’s like listening to her poem at a reading.  These techniques help convey a sense of solitude and peacefulness.

She begins with a small analysis of being alone, making her way through different instances of alone-ness. She builds on that idea as the video progresses, and eventually, the narrative touches on society’s view of being alone, and how that affects the common perception that it is not okay to be alone.  She also states that we are all inherently alone, different (“All experience is unique, no one has the same synapses, can’t think like you, for this be relieved”).  By embracing this idea, Davis informs the viewer that being alone is simply about being at peace with one’s self.


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