I have long felt a sense of duty towards being open about my own struggles with mental health, in the hope that the stigma and benightedness I have experienced will not continue to occur.
The name of the film comes from my own Mummy dearest. She has taken to calling me "fruitcake" in a mocking but affectionate way. I think if anyone else called me 'fruitcake' I'd be mortally offended. It seemed a fitting title.
Fruitcake is a film based on my personal experiences with mental health, as well as other sufferers I met during my time spent in psychiatric hospital. It documents the realities of psychosis and mania, and highlights the current unavailability o...
having decided to keep the flashing text as a motif running through the film. I redesigned the shot of the man being swallowed by the floor. I also decided that all the colours of the room should be in constant change, to add to the strangeness and anxiety of the shot.
I decided to use the medication warning label as a motif running through the film, so i composited it into this shot, and also the one of the pills falling. I hope this will bring all the various shots of the film together, and keep something cohesive running throughout.
I started experimenting with inverted imagery, as I wanted all the images to have a sense of "wrongness", that something was unnatural or out of place. I feel that this would help to give a sense of the distress felt during episodes of anxiety and psychosis.
I decided against using a key to help with colour, opting instead to let some colours seem strange and not quite right.
I have been making my images in layers and then compositing them digitally.