Lula del Ray by Manual Cinema uses overhead projectors to create beautifully executed live cinema. As the show begins, we are introduced to a mother and her daughter. Their relationship is characterized by the fact that the daughter loves listening to a new band on the radio and on her record player while the mother must work at home at her job to aim satellites. Both characters are driven by what they want out of life, the mother security and sustainability while the daughter adventure and freedom, yet our two characters are inseparably bonded as family. The conflict arises with the daughter's desire to explore the world and follow her dream to meet her music idols overpowers her desire to stay at home with her mother. The mothersearches everywhere for her daughter as the daughter realizes that her dreams were illusions.
Flowing close ups, medium shots, long shots, pans, and tracking shots create this story. The seamless transitions made me feel at times like I was watching a movie and not experiencing a live performance. There’s a moment when we get a close up of the daughter’s face and we watch her eyelids droop as she drifts off to sleep. The pace is slow enough to let us experience what the daughter is feeling in that moment. This opens up to a third-person view of her walking through a forest in her dream. This use of live actors, shadows and puppets animated multiple realities, both real and dream like.