8min · Short · 27 June 2008
Made up entirely of stills, 'Paintbrush' presents portraits of ten users of a fictitious online social networking website. By detailing the information given by each user on their profile, the film explores themes surrounding identity, while also serving as a satire of online social networking. Malcolm is obsessed with Robert Bresson. Danny loves Hollywood cinema. Marisa's profile is completely average. Jean adds people she doesn't like to her 'friends lists' to appear more popular than she really is. Ryan has begun to think solely in terms of status updates. Nicole has become spiritual, though she hasn't updated her 'religious views' due to her friends' disrespectful and defamatory comments. Harvey is obsessed with Shelley, and secretly masturbates while thinking about her. Matthew is also hopeless in love, searching desperately for the girl he was in love with while at secondary school. Jack is socially inept, and spends a lot of time thinking about death. These are the users of Paintbrush, the online social network which lets you connect...
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