The Diving Bell and the Butterfly

Special Thanks:
Ming Tai

Photoshop, Lightroom, InDesign
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly is a film based on Jean-Dominique Bauby who—after a severe accident—suffered from locked-in syndrome. Having his body rendered completely paralyzed, not only does Bauby struggle with being unable to move, he also struggles with his relationships, as meeting loved ones proves difficult due to the pain on both sides of seeing him/being seen in his current state. Although the situation is grim, throughout the movie we eventually see the triumph of his human spirit using the one thing that frees him from his physical state: his imagination.

Using this concept of breaking free, in my style frames I decided to utilize a framing device of oil and vinegar to communicate this idea of separation from a heavy mass, experimenting with their densities/molecular composures. Following the sequence, the viewer witnesses an escape—a slow dwindling of the larger, darker body, as well as a scene by scene progression into a warmer palette—with the figure of a butterfly hidden in the last frame.