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Motion Sickness encourages connection in a time of isolation

Motion Sickness has released a short film about the importance of sticking together by keeping apart, showcasing the sometimes slow, but always positive experience of face timing the people they love.

Admittedly I may have teared up watching this video. The Motion Sickness team have been in isolation after returning from the United States and have made a collection of moments face-timing the people they love while they’re separated.

The video shows the normal trials and tribulations of face-timing anyone over the age of 40, from seeing the top half of a forehead to a super close up shot of their face or random object as they face the phone the wrong way.

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You don’t need us to tell you that times are strange right now. It can be hard to know what to do, how to feel, and what’s going to happen next. A few of our team have been self-isolating since they came back from LA a wee while ago. In an effort to do something useful, we decided to facetime some of the people we love, and ultimately make this video. In particular, we wanted to talk to all our fellow Millennials and Gen Z’ers out there – comprehensive data from South Korea shows that nearly 30% of its confirmed coronavirus cases were in patients aged 20 to 29. While we might not be the ones who get the most severely ill from Covid-19 (though new CDC data shows 1 in 5 hospitalised in the US with covid 19 are millennials), we can play a huge role in the spread of this virus – let’s not. In short, this isn’t the time to act like you don’t care, or only think about numero uno. It’s the time to listen to our government (good on ya @jacindaardern & the majestic, soothing-voiced Dr Bloomfield), take the necessary precautions, and help people who need it. Do it for ya Nan, ya Grandad, Mum, Dad, your immuno-compromised mates AND yourself. This pandemic will be one of the most defining things in our generation, in the same way that WWI & WWII were for generations past. Let’s not make avocado on toast the best thing we ever did. Take care (no, but really…) The Motion Sickness team xx (P.s. Yes, that’s Heather from Papanui) #inthistogether #covid19 #slowthespread #coronaviru

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Yet the messages of love and the endless smiles show that despite the less than ideal cinematography its important to connect in uncertain times.

Sam Stichbury, founder and creative director of Motion Sickness says the video was their way of getting an important message out there.

“In particular, we wanted to talk to all our fellow Millennials and Gen Z’ers out there – comprehensive data from South Korea shows that nearly 30 percent of its confirmed coronavirus cases were in patients aged 20 to 29. While we might not be the ones who get the most severely ill from Covid-19 (though new CDC data shows 1 in 5 hospitalised in the US with covid 19 are millennials), we can play a huge role in the spread of this virus – let’s not.”

“This pandemic will be one of the most defining things in our generation, in the same way that WWI & WWII were for generations past. Let’s not make avocado on toast the best thing we ever did.”

To repeat; stay home, stay away, stay safe.

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