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The theme is loneliness. And the message of the film is that loneliness can be overcome. People have to recognize that loneliness is a sign that something needs to change and understand the effects that loneliness has on their life, both physically and mentally. It does require a conscious effort on their part to make a change. Making a change, in the long run, can make people happier, healthier, and enable them to impact others around them in a positive way.

Loneliness Is a State of Mind

While common definitions of loneliness describe it as a state of solitude or being alone, loneliness is actually a state of mind. Loneliness causes people to feel empty, alone, and unwanted. People who are lonely often crave human contact, but their state of mind makes it more difficult to form connections with other people.

Loneliness, according to many experts, is not necessarily about being alone. Instead, if people feel alone and isolated, then that is how loneliness plays into their state of mind. For example, a college freshman might feel lonely despite being surrounded by roommates and other peers. A soldier beginning his military career might feel lonely after being deployed to a foreign country, despite being constantly surrounded by other troop members.

Loneliness can be attributed to internal factors such as low self-esteem. People who lack confidence in themselves often believe that they are unworthy of the attention or regard of other people. This can lead to isolation and chronic loneliness. Loneliness is a universal human emotion that is both complex and unique to each individual. Because it has no single common cause, the prevention and treatment of this potentially damaging state of mind can vary dramatically. For example, a lonely child who struggles to make friends at his school has different needs than a lonely old man whose wife has recently died. In order to understand loneliness, it’s important to take a closer look at exactly what people mean by the term “lonely,” as well as the various causes, health consequences, symptoms, and potential treatments for loneliness.

Loneliness can be overcome. People have to recognize that loneliness is a sign that something needs to change and understand the effects that loneliness has on their life, both physically and mentally. It does require a conscious effort on their part to make a change. Making a change, in the long run, can make people happier, healthier, and enable them to impact others around them in a positive way.

When I started to work on The Secret of Pin-Up Island I have been thinking of some kind of atmosphere to go with where the story is taking place. And I didn’t like the idea of this zombie factory feeling. So I understood that we have to do something. And we did. We combined the apocalyptic image of the abandoned factory with the colorful handmade interior design made by the girls who are living inside this factory. So the story helped us to improve the look of the environment.

(Alecs Nastoiu – director, writer and producer).

Talking about the story, I can say that from the writing phase I wanted to create a film that looks like a point-and-click adventure game. My wish was to give the audience the feeling that they are the main character in the film, trying to find solutions to problems.  I wanted to give the opportunity to the audience to think about solving the puzzles in the movie, not just watching some characters on the screen. This is why I shot all scenes of the movie from a mirror subjective point of view. Characters are looking in the camera and they are speaking with the audience. This choice was made also having in my mind the mirror principles in psychology. The mirror principle says what we do define who we are and how we experience ourselves. Mirroring helps to facilitate empathy, as individuals more readily experience other people’s emotions through mimicking posture and gestures. This empathy may help individuals create lasting relationships and thus excel in social situations. The action of mirroring allows individuals to believe they are more similar to another person, and perceived similarity can be the basis for creating a relationship. As such, mirroring values is also important. (Alecs Nastoiu – director, writer and producer).

Point-and-click adventure games are one of the most loved genres in gaming history.

Among all types of games, point-and-click is a quite common category even if it has declined for some time. The popularity of mobile game has renewed the genre and gives new opportunities to designers. Point and click refers to a type of adventure game, in which the user interacts mainly with the mouse or any pointing device (be it a finger on mobile phones). This type of game requires a minimal knowledge about computers and is really simple to use even for casual players compared to 3D-FPS or such game in which you will use a 100-button-mouse to survive. To make it as simple as possible interaction is generally made of: click, double-click, drag-drop, and that’s all. All the game is built around interactions with items of the world. The most classic interactions are: talk, look at something, take something, use an item, combine items. Most parts of the game design phase are to liberally use these possibilities, to make the player find solutions to problems. Resolving them will make the adventure continue. In a sense, point-and-click game are similar to puzzle games. This genre is having more and more players and pleased people keep coming at it from other backgrounds such as literature or cinematography.

If you walk into a professional training gym, you’re likely to see mirrors on one or more walls. Whether it’s a gym for bodybuilding, martial arts, dance, or another physical performance activity, it’s helpful for participants to see themselves perform. First, the mirror is an aid to training, as performers can see when and how they are moving with proper form. Second, the mirror is a psychological aid, reinforcing a performance-driven self-image. Imagine looking in a mirror once, twice, one hundred times. Over time, we internalize an image of ourselves—and that image becomes part of our identity. Much of self-concept and self-esteem begin with self-image. We experience ourselves as we see ourselves.

An important theme in developmental psychology is that relationships act as mirrors. An infant is not born with a sense of self. That sense is acquired over the course of many interactions with others, especially caregivers. The child that is loved and nurtured internalizes those experiences and feels worthy of love. The child that is neglected or abused internalizes those negative experiences and later might find it difficult to accept love from others. Many of a parent’s interactions with a young child are of the variety, “You’re such a good girl!” and “Look how big you are!” Those mirroring statements form an important support for the developing sense of self when the brain is most plastic.

Mirroring generally takes place subconsciously as individuals react with the situation. Mirroring is common in conversation, as the listeners will typically smile or frown along with the speaker, as well as imitate body posture or attitude about the topic. Individuals may be more willing to empathize with and accept people whom they believe hold similar interests and beliefs, and thus mirroring the person with whom one is speaking may establish connections between the individuals involved.

Every one of our activities is a mirror, because each expresses a relationship that we have with some portion of our worlds. When we invest, we have a relationship with financial markets. When we exercise, we have a relationship with our bodies. Each activity is a way in which we experience ourselves. Over time, those experiences become a crucial part of our reality. Our sense of self is the sum of what we internalize from our activities. You’ve no doubt heard the phrase, “You are what you eat.” The mirror principle suggests that we are always digesting life experience. When we decide who to spend time with and how to spend our time, we define the experiences that form our psychological diet. Just as a therapist is a good mirror, the right experiences mirror the best of who we are: our deepest strengths, values, and abilities. One implication of the mirror principle is this: When we set our calendars, we define who we will be. The activities that populate each hour of our schedules are the sum and substance of how we’ll experience ourselves that day.

What kinds of mirrors do we select for ourselves? Over time, what do we internalize from our daily experiences?