Mer Depré is an experiment to see if the essence of the experience of depression can be captured through film. Inspired by personal experiences, it invites the viewer to enter a world of darkness and anxiety.
The creation of Mer Depré began with sound. A rough soundtrack was used to create the bones of the film before visuals were laid on top. Most of the animation was done using stop motion techniques. When animating, the process was as important as the end result, and many different materials were used to create various effects. The compositing process compiled all of the animation into shots, creating layered and deeply textured visuals.
The final film is a deeply uncomfortable journey into the mind of a depressed individual, that challenges its viewers to feel empathy and creates understanding of a misunderstood disease.
Library of Congress Subject Headings
Animation (Cinematography); Animated films--Themes, motives; Stop-motion animation films; Depression, Mental--Drama
Film and Animation (MFA)
Department, Program, or Center
School of Film and Animation (CIAS)
Orr, Margaret, "Mer Depré" (2015). Thesis. Rochester Institute of Technology. Accessed from
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