Feeling Stuck & Hopeless in Life

THE WILDERNESS is a symbolic meditation on the feeling of being stuck and hopeless in life. At some point almost everyone experiences a moment where they feel "stuck." We wake up and wonder "How did I get here?!" and feel like there is little hope in changing the situation.

This film uses the motif of snow and ice as a symbolic picture of the struggle to find direction, and the creeping feeling of being stuck or frozen in place. A man wanders through a snowy and icy expanse as we hear him struggle to come to terms with his surroundings.


A Video for Those Who Feel Frozen/Stuck

This video was created by the CV North America office for the target audience of individuals who feel "stuck/frozen" in life without a sense of hope or direction for their future. The idea is that many people come to a point in their life where they wake up and wonder, "How did I get here?!" Perhaps they have been working the same job for years, and now they are finding no motivation for it anymore but can’t foresee a way out of the job. For some, it could be that the American Dream hasn’t lived up to its hype, and now they realize that their suburban home, 2 children, a dog and the usual routine isn’t what they had imagined their life being. For some, a marriage or other family relationship can feel hopeless, or a person could be going through a dark night of the soul. CV North America created this video as a way to meaningfully present the struggle of feeling stuck and hopeless in a way that the target audience would identify with, and to communicate Jesus as the ultimate source of hope. It's based off Isaiah 43:19 which states, “Watch for the new thing I am going to do. It is happening already—you can see it now! I will make a road through the wilderness and give you streams of water there." Several interesting facts about this video include: 1) It was filmed in Banff, Canada during the peak of winter. 2) Several of the mountains captured on camera were also featured in the Oscar-winning film "The Revenant." 3) The temperature was -14°F (-25°C) during filming. Extra precautions had to be taken for the crew to prevent frostbite!