Prison is loud. And dangerous. Most people can’t honestly imagine themselves in a penitentiary, but if they could, they might think they’d prefer privacy and calm over the alternative. But solitary confinement isn’t a private room in a rowdy hostel. It’s isolation. Isolation is the crux of the pilot for “the wHole”, a new web series from Writer/Director Ramon Hamilton and Producer Jennifer Fischer. Like those who mark time in solitary confinement, “the wHole” is stripped down to the bare essentials. The result is stark and humble.
As a writer I found myself wondering how I would handle Marcus’ (the prisoner’s) situation. That much uninterrupted time… I would develop the patience for meditation… I’d become amazing at yoga! I could think through all the tricky bits of my latest novel. Or mentally write a new one!
It would have to be mentally however, because there was no paper, nor pencils, markers or books in Marcus’ cell. Of course there was also no television, computer, or phone either. My rarified idea of retreating from the world, is not the uncomfortable sameness that Chris experienced.
Now I don’t know much about who Marcus is yet. I don’t know his crime(s), nor what specific series of events led to him being put in AdSeg. And I wonder if my opinion of him will change upon learning if his crime is greater or less than I’ve begun to imagine. One thing I did notice, however, once in solitary confinement, it seemed very easy to have more time added on.
The few details we discern about Marcus humanize him though. His pursuit of a singular goal humanizes him. His brief contacts with other human beings made me wonder how someone so human, might possibly mentally survive all the time he has left… in isolation.
“The wHole” was shot on location at Wapato Jail in Portland, Oregon. It is produced by Think Ten Media. To support the crowdfunding campaign for this series visit – http://www.seedandspark.com/studio/whole
To watch the pilot for free visit – http://www.thewholeseries.com/
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