Inspirations in Filmmaking
Borman switched his major to Entertainment Design with a concentration in Digital Cinema. Under Professor Pontuti’s inspirational influence, Borman’s creativity flourished. He had found someone with shared interests in the types of movies he liked to watch and create. Dr. Ursula Husted also served as a mentor for Borman, encouraging him to create his best work.
But when Borman started his senior show project in Fall 2017, he wasn’t satisfied with his work. After weeks of planning a film, he had lost interest in it. Sitting in his armchair at 1 a.m., he realized he was staring into his phone.
Inspired by his own behaviors, Borman focused on self-destructive obsessions for his new film. Returning to his talent for designing characters, he developed 25 people with different obsessions.
In his Transmedia Studio, Borman studied the work of experimental filmmaker Stan Brakhage. He learned there are many other ways that narrative to make films and tell stories visually. Borman decided to tell his characters’ stories through their actions and through sound.
Borman narrowed down his cast to four. And in the end, it was a balance of three who spoke the most to him: Makeup Abuser, Phone Addict and Nail Biter.
Through these three characters, Borman’s experimental film “Susceptible” was born. The film explores the interior struggles of obsession and anxiety. It follows its characters who are horrifyingly consumed by their own obsessions.
“The film digs deep into our emotions and pulls at something dark within us,” Borman said.