The Legend Of The Goat Who Knew The True Way Of The Mountain

"Listen to the teachings of the goat."

With an eloquent title, this wonderfully surreal and creative short by MoPA students Corentin Yvergniaux, Juan Olarte and Léo Brunel (under the group label “Mega Computeur”) presents three main characters, a rural staging and a focus on playing with screen direction and physics for comedic effect.

An initial internal conflict gives way to more characters entering the scene, playing with viewers’ expectations and with one of the basic building blocks of filmmaking: screen direction. The interactions between the characters, their personalities, the sound design and the events they trigger help produce comedic effects. The rolling camera makes viewers re-evaluate the film, and surprise is maintained to the very end.

One continuous shot is used with no cuts. The camera is mostly static, visual rhythm is handled through motion within the frame and the two camera rolls. While the mise-en-scène is sparse, the quality of the aesthetic work is worth noting. Both on the details of the environment as well as on the character designs (which help make them easily distinguishable from each other). Also worth mentioning is the sound design, the choice of a high index of materiality, which helps transmit an impression of realism.

The short was made in 1 month as an exercise for the school, with the theme “fear of heights” (vertigo).

2 comments

  • Igor

    The title correctly translated would say “The Legend of The Goat Who Knew The True DIRECTION Of The Mountain”

  • Filmnosis

    Thank you for the feedback. We considered that possibility, but thought it was a bit too literal. ‘Sens’ in French can be read both as meaning and direction, and we thought ‘Way’ keeps some of that ambiguity better.

    However, as the saying goes, ‘every translation is an interpretation’. Your version may very well be closer to what the authors intended. The only ones who could give a proper answer are the authors themselves.

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