The holiday’s are approaching and a sentimental feeling starts to come into my heart. These last few years have been hard and this year I have finally found a bit of sun. I want to take a moment to write about a short video that has given me inspiration.
I’m sure that you have heard of the music video “Shelter” if not please click the link and watch it. It came out a bit over a year ago and even now has over 26 million views on youtube and who knows how many on crunchyroll.
“Shelter tells the story of Rin, a 17-year-old girl who lives her life inside of a futuristic simulation completely by herself in infinite, beautiful loneliness. Each day, Rin awakens in virtual reality and uses a tablet which controls the simulation to create a new, different, beautiful world for herself. Until one day, everything changes, and Rin comes to learn the true origins behind her life inside a simulation. Original Story by: Porter Robinson Music: Porter Robinson and Madeon”
I could rave all day about the art and the music. Without such expertise the video wouldn’t be what it is to millions of viewers. I want to talk about the story. The powerful story that was created in less than six minutes.
The focus for me was the building of the relationship between the Father and the Daughter. The protection and love that a parent has for their children. I can’t speak to a parent’s love as a parent but I can as a child.
Over the years I’ve seen all that my parents have done for me. They give up so much so that my struggle will lesson. We were by no means rich, but they always made sure that my siblings and I were provided for and that we had what we needed.
The story shows the ultimate sacrifice of a Father’s love. We don’t see a mother in the picture and we can only assume what happens. I think having the single parent adds a lot to this story. His daughter is his world. It’s parents unspoken promise that they will protect their children no matter what. So he provides her shelter, the only thing he can give her at this point.
When the earth is about to be destroyed he only saves her, not himself. He is asking this small child to trust in the promise he made as a father to her.
“And it’s a long way forward, so trust in me
I’ll give them shelter, like you’ve done for me
And I know, I’m not alone, you’ll be watching over us
Until you’re gone”
The visuals are all amazing but the most powerful moment is when the father stands alone after sending off his daughter. The look on his face. He can rest easy, he saved her and she will survive.
There is no fear in his face. Only the love that a father has for his daughter.
I’m thankful for this story. It is a gift. Every time I feel like I don’t have what it takes to tell a story I take a moment and watch this powerful moment unfold.
There are many stories that I want to tell and when it comes to characters and their relationships I want to make them as powerful as this, A Father’s Love for their child.
I hope you all have a happy holiday and are able to hold someone close in your arms or heart.
Until next time Happy Watching 🙂