This film unifies narrative experimentation and collaborative storying as a therapeutic and data-gathering tool. The project makes use of narratives collected from thirty young adults (21–29 years) through a story-writing exercise that they had participated in. Using snippets from those individual narratives as vocabulary, an audiovisual was constructed to offer a gestalt viewing and listening experience for the viewers. The film represents a contrast between the vox populi audio and interpretative visuals which are a personal interpretation of the script. It is likely that one’s existence could be a dream or a simulation. The project deals with the relationship between the narrators and their narratives and their existence as contributors to a greater narrative. Narratives have been used extensively in psychology for analysis and therapy. The power of storytelling is still underutilised, and the future holds greater revelations. Through collaborative storytelling represented through an experimental film such as this, the participants and the viewers can share small chunks of cognitive space that aim to provide companionship that is constantly longed for by human beings.
Keywords: collaborative storytelling, experimental animation, gestalt audiovisual, universal narrative, vox populi