A bowl of rice causes a rift between the granddaughter and grandmother. She prizes food in her life and gets frustrated when she has to eat food which she doesn’t enjoy. Despite knowing her dislike for rice, her grandmother still continues cooking it. After a long, exhausting day of school, she returns home only to find that her grandmother has cooked rice again. Her irrationality got the better of her and her rash action hurt her grandmother deeply. (sort of based on my personal story, I’m not really a fussy eater but I get frustrated when I have to consume food which I dislike. Thus, I would say my emotions fluctuates based on the food I eat. As someone who has difficulty suppressing or hiding my emotions, I would just vent her anger and as a result act rashly and say or do things to hurt my loved ones.)
As this film unravels how the we often treat our family members the worst and take them for granted as we know that at the end of the day, they would still be there for us. Grains of unappreciated love reveals itself to be a record of the heartaches and frustrations of an ordinary family life that highlights the importance of cherishing familial ties through a subtle illustration of our inability to value the little things and people around us. There is one emotional constant that lingers long after the film ends, Gratitude for the quiet love of our own families.
There isn’t a clear resolution to this film as I felt that there wasn’t a need to include a scene of the granddaughter making up or apologising to the grandmother to show how their relationship is patched up as we know that her family is her constant and they will still be there no matter what. Hence, with the second last frame (zoom in on photo frame held by granddaughter), it suggests that, by hinting that family ties are like water, they won’t separate even if you part them.
Started with this story board but when I started shooting, the photos I shot deviated slightly from what I had intended for the scene to be composed.
La Jetée → I varied the duration between the frames across the entire film. For instance, after the granddaughter returns home to find that her grandmother cooked rice again, the duration between each frame is shortened. Whereas for parts where I want the viewer to focus on the visual or when I want to set a mood, I lengthened the duration between each frame.
Playing with lines → Vertical + Diagonal lines: causes anxiety and dynamic atmosphere, helps to express the tension and unease
This market is located just beside my house! How convenient right! I stayed here since I was primary 1 and would frequent the the market with my grandmother on a regular basis. However, as I got older, I stopped going to the market with her due to my other commitments, or perhaps, that is simply a lame excuse for my laziness.
As, the market is located just beside my house, I would walk pass it everyday, but i have never once stepped inside for the past eleven years until one fine day when my grandma wanted to buy food for the reunion dinner that I decided to go back to the market.
What struck me when i stepped into the market was the sense of familiarity. Although I have not stepped in once in the past eleven years, nothing much changed. The stalls were still retained the way they were and the aunty and uncles whom in some way or another, watched me grow up were still there. It warmed my heart for they still remember me and many of them still remember me. However, a sense of guilt overwhelmed me as many of them throw me similar questions in the line of “Wow! You have sure grown a lot! Why did you stop going to the market with your grandma”. My grandma would reply with “My granddaughter is really busy.”, laughing it off. It made me realise how selfish I have been and how I have neglected my grandmother. Going back to this market has taught me to treasure things before me and it too evoke a sense of nostalgia and warmth.
When I went back again on Saturday to take photos, all the uncle and aunties were really welcoming and friendly. (BACK TO KAMPONG DAYS HAHAHA)
I adopted a warm coloured palette where the photos bear a reddish hue as I hope to convey the sense of warmth and nostalgia. Yet, at the same time, red does to create a sense of unease and discomfort for the viewers and this paired with the dark tones of the photos, I hope to convey the idea of guilt.
SYNOPSIS: A girl named Jia Zhen was gifted with the power to suck up things which made her unhappy. The first thing you would notice about her would be her perfect circular, peanut MnM sized nostrils. Life was a breeze for her as, when school gets stressful, she would simply just suck her teachers up.