a short film studying the fear of tall buildings

kelly berry, helen maier, hefin jones, and caldwell akers. spring 2011.


Crane -fear of something falling on you

Bataphobia is the fear of heights, being close to high buildings or things falling on you from a high place. Bataphobia is considered to be a specific phobia. Bataphobia is also related to acrophobia and altophobia. I chose to use a crane aposed to a building because cranes often hold heavy objects that are more likely to fall on someone rather than a building. I took the picture at night to give it a creepier affect then used cooler colours to make the picture a little darker.

Elevator -fear of being trapped 

Cleithrophobia is at the heart of many winter-related fears due to the risk of being trapped underneath a snow drift or thin ice. However, many other unusual but not unheard of events might also trigger cleithrophobia, including being inadvertently locked in a bathroom, elevator or other small places. I used an elevator because it’s a place people get commonly trapped in and I used a low f-stop number to make a blurry affect on the door.

Cars -fear of being hit by a car hit and run ocd.

The fear of hurting victims in a car accident, getting hit by a car or causing a car crash. I chose a highway because if someone has that fear it’d be the worst place to be for them. I used a low f-stop number again to cause a blurry affect to make the cars seem faster.

Dark -fear of something lurking in the dark 

The fear of the dark is a common phobia among children and, to a varying degree, of adults. Fear of the dark is usually not fear of darkness itself, but fear of possible or imagined dangers concealed by darkness. I couldn’t take a picture of complete darkness (obviously) so I chose a half lit roomthat faded into blackness. Using low lighting I could make the affect of darkness without haing to to just take a black picture.

Stairs -fear of falling

 fear of falling (FOF) is a natural fear and is typical of most humans and mammals, in varying degrees of extremity. It differs from acrophobia (the fear of heights), although the two fears are closely related and sometimes indistinguishable. I used stairs because they’re easy to fall down and I took the picture from a higher level and used low lighting to make a more ominous effect.