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Project of the Day: ‘Spectrum’ Explores Autism

Project of the Day: 'Spectrum' Explores Autism

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Tweetable Logline:
A stylized documentary about autism and sensory perception, featuring Dr. Temple Grandin.
Elevator Pitch:
I’ve been interviewing autistic people about how they perceive the world, through vision, sound, touch, smell, and taste. The descriptions are mind-blowing – “rain sounds like bullets”….”a mix of floating shapes and sounds”….”complete CHAOS.”

My next step is create visual and auditory media to represent the experiences described. Picture time-lapse photography, high speed photography, pixelated animation, etc. I’ve learned that autistic perception can be overwhelming, confusing, and sometimes, quite beautiful. We may not have found the “cure” for autism, but we CAN create accommodating environments if we understand sensory issues. Let’s take a step in imagining the lens of autism.

Production Team:

Director & Producer: Jill Jones
Director of Photography: Brent Yontz

About the Production:
“I grew up learning about autism from my cousin Grant. At Christmas time, when everyone was opening presents, Grant would leave the house to ride in the car with his dad. As a kid, I couldn’t understand why any child would turn down the chance to open presents. My Aunt explained that Grant could be overwhelmed by the noise and chaos of my entire extended family in one room. She said he finds the car rides soothing. Ever since, I have been working to understand Grant’s perception and the world of autism.” — Jill Jones
Current Status:
In production.
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