“In a time of universal deceit – telling the truth is a revolutionary act.”
“If you want a vision of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face – forever.” George Orwell
“The empires of the future are the empires of the mind.” Winston Churchill
A number of artists, filmmakers and authors have used the technique of setting their creative work in the future to say important things about the present. Some famous examples include George Orwell who, in 1984, took the increasing bureaucratisation of his time to imagine a future world of control and surveillance. We also see this technique used in much Science Fiction and Post-Apolocalyptic Films and Novels (Terminator, Avatar, In Time, The Day After Tomorrow, Brave New World, Idiocracy).
Your task this week is to use an ‘imagined future’ by taking a contemporary issue, a contemporary discourse, and creating a ‘what if….’ scenario. You then have to take this to its logical conclusion – thinking about what the future consequences of this issue might be on society in general.
Based on this storyworld you create, you should then design a 3-5 minute pitch for a narrative feature film or, if you are feeling adventurous, why not make a short film.
Lost Memories https://vimeo.com/49425975
Class of 2005, https://vimeo.com/23265837
10 Tedtalks on Predicting the Future http://blog.ted.com/2013/01/07/10-talks-on-predicting-the-future/
- You should then upload this video to the Vimeo Group by Sunday 3rd February for discussion in class on the Monday
- Please also comment on other people’s work
- Use the #creativact hashtag if you want to promote your work via twitter