LOST NATION ROAD TITLES
Talented storyteller, writer and speaker Ian Mackenzie reached out to me for a vision for the titles of this wonderfully insightful and profound documentary.
For years, Stephen Jenkinson led the palliative care department at a major Canadian hospital. Sitting at the deathbeds of over 1000 people, he discovered again and again “a wretched anxiety” around death. He recognized this death phobia it is not a personal issue, but a symptom of a larger cultural absence, including the loss of elders. Soon after Stephen and his wife Nathalie opened the Orphan Wisdom School – a learning house for “elders-in-training.” He headed on the road one more time, alongside veteran Canadian musician Gregory Hoskins for the ‘Nights of Grief and Mystery’ tour. LOST NATION ROAD weaves a compelling case for what happened to elders in this culture, the consequence on youth today, and what can be done for the generations to come.
The idea I came up with is to use the play of 'Road'. I created a set of layered paths which symbolize the journeys we all take from birth to death. Roads cross cross each other in the same way as peoples paths. Like roads on untouched land, wrinkles naturally appear on peoples faces over time. Sparkle appear across the roads which symbolise the beautiful souls and experiences.
This short film was really influential and powerfully moving. I recommend everyone to take 30mins to watch it.
Project: Lost Nation Road Youtube
Role: Motion Graphics Artist and Graphic Designer
Client: Ian Mackenzie
Director: Ian Mackenzie