Kyle Cumberton

Story is man’s greatest invention. Without the wheel, we’d be men without wheels, but without story, we’d be apes with science, lacking sympathies and understanding in any perspective that is not our own. In my study of story, I’m looking to find the greatest way to create a Sympathetic bond between audience and character. In this, I lack an interest for Characters that are good people. Those who do good all the time have no need for my sympathies. But that is a loaded sentence in itself. What is good and when is a person committing it? If a soldier executes children in order from a superior, because the children will only grow into the evil they are there to expel. Is that soldier a hero for fighting the enemy or are they monsters executing children? Are they too victims of circumstance? Every man wishes to do right, but man’s perception of right is only what he is told and what his peers reflect. And if your peers all believe an outsider is evil? Who are you to say they are not, unless you are evil too? Good is good and bad is bad but each is different to each. My goal is not to Tell the story of the good or the bad but help the audience understand Why an individual commits the acts they do, even when Viewed as heinous by their peers or the outsider. And to explore the emotions of The characters who commit these actions and how they rationalize them, to maintain that lustful belief that they are a good person, doing good things. The amount of cowards in this world reacting to their fears far outweigh the brave heroes of this world, and an audience understanding them as such individuals could disrupt a culture whose belief of morality is based primarily in what the one adds to the all.

The medium I use to explore these ideas is semi-narrative video. Using set and costume and editing that reflect the emotional state of the characters in order to view the events through their perception of them. There is no use in the real when trying to find the truth of a story.