I felt something very different with the poem I chose. Gustavo Adolfo Becquer’s poem Amor Eterno (Eternal Love) was one of the few poems I truly found captivating. Spanish is my mother tongue and the way he worded the poem allowed for some extraordinary visions inside my head. From imagery of a drying ocean to images of a breaking ground, the poem sets itself up for a cinematic translation. However, some problems came up during my creative process in which I developed a narrative.
Ever since I was ten years old, I remember finding stop-motion such an enriching/magical way to tell a story. It allows for some amazing visuals as well as the ability to construct the impossible. To be honest, nothing is impossible when it comes to animation/stop-motion. Or if there is, there’s a very thin line. I have worked with stop-motion at various points in my life and my favorite aspect of it all is being able to watch something so ordinary like a plastic cup or a stuffed monkey come to life. Sometimes, I even feel like stop-motion creates a greater sense of reality than real life.
Now, when I first chose the poem, I decided that even though the words have such visual potential I wanted to go on a more creative route and develop a story around the poem rather than centered on the poem. So what I told through the film was not a direct copy of what Gustavo was telling with his poem. I do feel like the film and the poem meet at some points and I did intend for the film to share some of the themes that the poem presented. I wanted to convey this sense of sadness to represent all the destruction in the poem and then build the film up to a happier conclusion like the poem did.
As I was searching around my room I came across this robot that my dad owned when he was little and I’ve always felt an attachment to his old toys. And one of my favorite films is Toy Story, so I thought how could I combine the two and create a story that could reflect some of the poem’s meaning. Then another thought came up that robots have this connotation of the future/destruction that film and fiction have created. So I found it made sense as the poem delved into all sorts of chaos and disorder, that robots tend to bring in both film and fiction. I decided to use the robot to tell the story of how love is so powerful that even when something comes along to destroy it, love perseveres and comes out on top.