My short film, Awe, signifies my effort to engage the global media network with the updated tone of interconnectedness. On the surface level, it does so in its interdisciplinary context: it juxtaposes and blurs the lines between science and religion; it features the meshing of music, intellectual narrative, visuals and animation into an engaging intersensory experience; and it serves as my senior honors thesis at the University of Southern California, where I double-majored in Music and Religion with an added fascination in Physics and Astronomy. On a deeper level, Awe is my rumination about my impressions of unity and interconnectedness as they exist on a fundamental level. These impressions arose from reconciling the many definitions of reality that I studied as a student of religion with the unifying experience of the reality that is our physical universe -- from the notion that all matter emerged from a singularity that spawned space known as the Big Bang to the Vedic cycle of creation, preservation and destruction that we observe throughout the universe.
Awe serves as one of my first vehicles for global communication. And as I consider how to communicate in the future, I am inspired by an array of evolving creative works and ideas that permeate the global media network today. Consider the recent Terrence Malick film, Tree of Life, which begins with a quote from the Book of Job: "Where were you when I created the Heavens and the Earth?" Malick's simple answer: nowhere to be found. As it so eloquently juxtaposes at its beginning, Malick's film is a meditation on the difference between "nature" and "grace," which Awe interprets to represent the individualistic human perspective on the one hand, and the religious understanding of interconnectedness within the macrocosmic universe on the other.
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