The Act of Drowning – Short Experimental Film
Directed and Edited by Lukasz Sosnowski
Luke Snow Media & Entertainment
Stock Footage: Videoblocks, Videohive
Music: Celtic Music – Siren’s Call by Derek Fiechter
As a man begins sinking beneath the cold and dark water, his inner thoughts speak out like a poem. He watches as the air bubbles escape his mouth. He can see a light that shines through the surface of the water, but he’s unable to swim towards it. Something holds him down, and pushes him deeper into the darkness. The unnamed man begins to panic when he suddenly realizes that he’s in fact drowning. He struggles to hold his breath as he stares desperately at the dark water surrounding him, realizing there’s no way out of it. Without warning, flashes of his life appear into his mind like a happy slideshow. He recalls all the good memories of his life, events that he had long forgotten about until this moment. He remembers himself as a baby, growing up in a happy home, candles on all his birthday cakes, and his friends and family. He’s so fascinated by the images that he momentarily forgets that he’s still drowning. The positive images allow him to relax as he continues to sink. The sun light is like a projector showing a film of his life. Just then, the man sees someone in the light reach down to rescue him. The water begins to turn red, captivating the man’s attention further. He’s so hypnotized that he almost feels like he’s in a cinema watching an interesting movie. Although he desperately wants to see what happens next, he’s losing his breath and knows that end is approaching.
As a man slowly drowns, he begins experiencing his life events like a fascinating slideshow. When he notices a hand reaching down to rescue him, the man suddenly realizes he’s near death.
Drowning alone, a man recalls positive memories of his past like a slideshow. He envisions someone rescuing him, but it’s only wishful thinking as he slides deeper into the water.
When a man drowns alone, his mind turns to all the positive events that ever occurred in his life. His memories remind him of a fascinating movie in the cinema, momentarily allowing him to forget his situation, before realizing that death is close.
After a man begins drowning in dark water, his thoughts read like a poem as he experiences his life like a slideshow. Although it’s quite captivating, he soon realizes that help is not coming for him.
As a man recalls his life, his imagination runs like a projector showing only positive events. However, when he notices somebody reaching down to save him, he soon understands that no one’s there and that the end is approaching.
INTERVIEW WITH THE FILM DIRECTOR LUKASZ SOSNOWSKI.
As a filmmaker, what goes through your mind when preparing a work like “The Act of Drowning”?
“A while ago, I almost drowned while sailing. My near drowning experience inspired me to make my film with the hope of shedding light on what those last moments are like. As shown in the film, all I could see while I was under was the light that bounced on the water and penetrated through the darkness that was enfolding me. The bubbles of air were around me and at that time I desperately wished I could breathe that air. To date am unclear on how long I was under water as all I remember was the knowledge that no one was nearby and I was being pulled deeper under the water. My near drowning experience took place years ago and since it left me with a lot of questions on what happened to me while underwater; I decided to do an extensive research on it. My research has since then revealed that after three minutes the brain begins to die due to a deprivation of oxygen and death is complete by the seventh minute. The film shows how at that moment just before I almost drowned when my one person sailing boat capsized due to a storm while I was in the middle of a lake. I look back at my life and the memories that mean the most to me run through my mind. My film shows what I felt. I saw a series of images from some of the important moments of my life. I did not experience pain and I was actually feeling good at the time accompanied by a feeling of calm. My thoughts were focused on my family and loved ones. The flashbacks through my life happened so quickly and the people I love were featured predominantly. My thoughts flowed fast and scientists explain that this happens because the whole brain is suddenly accessible allowing the memories to flow faster. This can be due to the adrenaline released by the body and that seems to slow down time. This leads to the common saying of life flashing in front of the eyes. Since the brain at that time functions at a speed that is far from normal, I could access memories from moments throughout my life and think much faster. Rather than watching the replay of my life and being paralyzed by shock, I should have been taking action. Instead, I was convinced that death was close and there were no more decisions to be made. The film tries to show this experience. I was lucky as a sailor rescued me but I hope my experience can help someone who had a similar experience and wishes to better understand it or even the families that have lost a loved one.“