“COCOON,” a short film about grief and loss

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Working to the hauntingly beautiful voiceover of  poet/performer Sh’maya, Sarah Beth Hulver and Tyler Morgan challenged themselves to create “Cocoon.” Both stretched out of their comfort zones for an intense collaboration that spanned 1.5 years of on-again, off-again work.

Dive deeper into the process on their project page.

From the creator:

A short film about grief and loss.

Words - Sh'maya
Design/Animation - Tyler Morgan, Sarah Beth Hulver
Music - Ryan Taubert
Sound Design - Defacto Sound
Producer - Dan Stevers

Behind the Scenes: http://www.sarahbethhulver.com/cocoon
More Dan Stevers videos: https://www.danstevers.com

-COCOON-

What is this? I don’t recognise this
Pain broke in
And took it all
Took the song from the Springtime
And the dance from the flame
Took the noonday warmth
And the morning hush

Now the ground’s spilling beneath me
The ropes are uncoiling
The trees are leafless
The sky is torn
My breath’s a broken feather
There’s no beauty left
There’s nothing here for me I’m paper thin
I’m in a room of shadows and it’s caving in
I’m turning in circles
I’m giving up
The world is giddy
The sense is gone
The floor is an ocean
I’m sinking in

Where are You now?
Where is Your touch?
Where is the reason?
The answer?
The end?
Now I’m chasing Your shadow
And I’m grasping for questions
I’m calling out
I’m asking why?

Yet when I turn You turn
When I reach You reach
And in the searing burn
You wait for me
Dress my tears in kisses
Cradle my grief
Touch me in the silence
Hold me in the heat
And when the ragings rush
Drown me in defeat
I make my bed of dust
And you lie with me

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  • Patrick Butler

    This is fantastic.

  • David Torres

    This piece is amazing! The artwork, the poem, the sound design, the animation – everything is top notch. Bravo to the entire team!

  • Pedro Ramos

    This piece is brilliant. The art direction, the motion, the tempo… It’s great in so many aspects!

  • Beatriz Diogo

    So inspiring!