Waiting

Who hasn’t waited for a public transport vehicle to arrive, and while waiting, had the strangest thoughts? Or, could manage to spend the time productively? Or, on the contrary, became extremely bored and restless, feeling every passing second slowly drift away? Waiting is a big part of peoples’ lives nowadays. Some estimates state that human beings spend on average around 6 months of their lives queueing up for things. That’s an enormous amount of time spent in an idle state. 'Waiting' is an experimental short which visualizes three different waiting processes for public transport.

 

The film centers around three different locations: a subway station, a ferry terminal, and a bus station. It starts by showcasing these spots in relatively quiet moments. Then, slowly but steadily, as the music intensifies, so do the queues. In the end, the subway train, the ferry and the bus arrived, and the passengers board.

 

However, this film is not so much about the end result as it is about the process of waiting. Although it features no dialogues or monologues, it induces a meditative atmosphere with each passing frame. It makes one wonder about the people gathered, acting as a collective force all while being comprised of individuals, each with their own particular thoughts, emotions, and stories. What brought them in that particular place at that particular time? Where are they coming from, and where are they going? None of these seem to matter at the moment of waiting, which is shared with everyone else irrespective of their differences.

 

The best thing about 'Waiting' is that it does not force any single idea upon its audience, but instead merely toys with the concept of waiting. It provides a context and a background on which countless stories can reminisce. It can take one back to one’s own experiences of waiting, or it can make one wonder how to make queuing systems more efficient, or it can simply make one think about what waiting means for all of us. By taking the perspective of the place rather than the people, it offers a unique take that feels original, fresh and complex despite its apparent simplicity.

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