World Builder


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"World Builder" is a short film by Bruce Branit (co-creator of "405") in which a man uses holographic tools to create a virtual world for a woman he loves.

The filming was completed in a single day, but the post-production computer graphics required 2 years.

- via vimeo

From the Upcoming ueue, submitted by Minnesotastan.


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There's also an option within YouTube called "I have a low-speed connection; never show high quality video", which seems to work even though my issue is processor rather than connection speed.
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Strangely, it is the very 'manufactured' textures that infuse this curious short film, whose simple goal is to amaze us with computer technology's ability to 'build' parallel worlds, that undo the filmmaker's own premise. Instead of being overawed by his minutely-detailed virtual world, I am left cold by it. It is sterile as an aesthetic experience--admittedly, the way most digital art is. The only thing I could think of when she smelled that flower was how it probably smelled like one of those synthetic, chemical cans of car air-freshener. This is meant as no disrespect to the filmmaker. But it does highlight one of paradoxes of the web: all our excitement about this exploding technology notwithstanding, it still can't mask the inescapable fact that an ersatz reality remains just that--deeply unsatisfying, and ersatz.
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