The story is about a girl who achieves her mythological destiny through her metamorphosis from a human form to that of a sea turtle which symbolizes universal love, fertility and desire. During preproduction the original concept (see Thesis Proposal in Appendix A) took a dramatic shift, becoming less of a traditional narrative work and evolving more into a visual lyrical form. Ancient Promises begins with the female lead character appearing restless during her strangely frantic investigations on a beach. She hears voices which surprise and intrigue her. Her discovery of a turtle and the loss of her ring increases the tension of the story. Ultimately, the girl will discover the meaning of the turtle's appearance and swim into the sea to become a turtle herself. I wanted to evoke a mysterious transformation, as if a spiritual transformation of an individual to her true and natural self. I especially wanted the audience to be active (not passive) participants to discover the meaning of the story.
Library of Congress Subject Headings
Motion pictures--Production and direction; Motion picture authorship; Digital video--Technique; Digital video--Themes, motives; Sea turtles in art; Shapeshifting; Metamorphosis in art
Film and Animation (MFA)
Department, Program, or Center
School of Film and Animation (CIAS)
Mohd Nor, Mohamad Rozi, "Ancient Promises" (2004). Thesis. Rochester Institute of Technology. Accessed from
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