My mind, my thoughts, my words

The Prince and the Vampire (animation)

Just finished this project I’d been working on for a while. Took me longer than expected due to not having that much spare time and being a perfectionist (couldn’t live up to my perfectionism in the end, as saving and converting to then see what else I should edit took around 1-2 hours each time, and I just had to get it out of the way at some point = now) ;). Enjoy!

side note: Unfortunately I didn’t manage to give Eva visible vampire teeth.

Some time ago, in a Creative Writing course, we picked random characters, locations and topics for an exercise. Later I decided to make something out of the ‘anorexic vampire in a cave’. I wanted to develop the theme of death, and inspired by an assignment I had to write on Hitler in a different course I developed two characters and a scene that could remind of Adolf Hitler’s and Eva Braun’s suicide. To suggest this connection I gave the female vampire the name Eva, the man however remains nameless because the stories are not the same in the end.

The prince and the vampire differ in personality yet share the regret of certain actions in their pasts and wish to find peace, freedom and forgiveness by ending their lives. Most people intrinsically desire to be good and loved and are able to recognise their mistakes and want to make up for them. The prince and the vampire however believe that the only way to pay back is with their deaths. Many people, especially those that are ‘abnormal’ (in this story a malfunctioning vampire and an anorexic prince), unfortunately quickly jump to the conclusion that ending their lives would be the best ‘solution’, maybe an ‘easy way out’, rather than trying to solve their problems. My satire is supposed to open people’s eyes; we don’t know what these bad things are that the prince did and may wonder whether it’s really worth dying ‘for’ them. Maybe the prince still has hope and is thus ‘cowardly’ not really committing suicide but rather waiting for fate to happen. On that note, if someone is incapable of committing suicide but desires to die, should euthanasia be legalised?
The vampire on the other hand has murdered (overlooking that she is doing so unintentionally and only to survive); should life be paid for by life? Are people good at heart or are some pure evil? Think of the stereotypes of vampires (bad) or princes (good). Does our biology and our upbringing really determine who we are or can we choose our own path?

Further topics I tackle are anorexia and starvation. It is ironic how, in some parts of the world, people are forced to suffer hunger while others elsewhere intentionally starve themselves – or unintentionally because they are sick and unhappy. What about those that are happy anyway? Funnily, happiness is hard to find in literature and research ! It is more ‘interesting’ to read about tragedy and drama. To demonstrate this, two days – which would potentially have been about how the two characters got closer and forgot about their misery and found happiness in their ‘unhappy situation’ – are being skipped. Whether it is romantic love (which it sounds more like in the script than it looks like in the animation) that the prince and the vampire develop is open to debate; friendship has no boundaries, closeness is open to various interpretations and means different things to different people.

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