It’s difficult for someone who isn’t autistic to understand what it’s like to live with the condition. And explaining it can be frustrating. Communication can be difficult for anyone who is autistic.
So it’s great when animations like ‘The World through Louis’ Eyes’ are released. Louis Morel is a youth patron for MyVoice, and produced the film as a way to help the wider public understand the autistic spectrum, although his film focuses on Aspergers Syndrome – one form of autism.
The animation demonstrates what it’s like to live as Louis. He gives travelling as an example, “Car journeys drive me insane, visually it hurts like hell…oh my god, so much scenery.” He refers to the difficulties that lots of people with Aspergers have with sensory overload. Listening to music can painful, “Think of a song that you really like, and you think this is nice. Then another layer [of sound] is added, then another and then another and then another song is added… And then you just want to curl into a ball and die.” Most debilitating must be when he’s meeting new people. His autism forces him to focus EVERYTHING about who he is meeting: The way they look, their smell, the way they’re dressed, the micro mannerisms, they’re hair, and focusing on each one in minute detail all at the same time.
When his narration is combined with the animation it produces an effective visual display of what’s going on in Louis’ head. Thus making it easily understood.
Louis’ animated film is an important and entertaining contribution in explaining what it’s like to live with autism. I would recommend this to anyone and everyone, because it’s likely we’ll meet other people with autism, and they might need your understanding.
If you want to see Louis’ creative short film watch it below: