Watch: Experimental Artificial Intelligence-Animated Short ‘Forever’
by Alex Billington
December 30, 2021
“I see A.I. as not really an opinion, it seems like truth.” After playing at film festivals all year long, this one-of-a-kind mesmerizing, entrancing short film is now available to watch online. Forever is a short created by filmmaker Mitch McGlocklin, and it’s made by an artificial intelligence system. The story follows a guy who has a life-changing experience. “A life insurance company uses an AI algorithm to determine the risk of a new applicant. The subsequent denial sparks a period of introspection for the individual in question.” It’s a deeply contemplative film in many ways, and doesn’t look like your typical short film. Forever was created with the experimental technique of using LiDAR to capture real life moments and environments. The LiDAR unit used to acquire the footage was originally created for self-driving cars. This junction of technology and filmmaking intersects with the subject of the film. There’s much more going on in this aside from the visuals, as the things he calmly says will get into your head, too. Much to think about as we head into 2022.
Thanks to Vimeo Staff Picks for the tip on this. Vimeo intro: “Forever is deep and dense, it conveys various emotions, questions the audience, it is a layered tale of the disembodiment of our world through algorithms and artificial intelligence – addressing it from a political, visual and philosophical perspective. The stunning, abstract, pointillist animation highlights that loss of meaning, of bearings as it is now a machine that observes and makes decision about our own lives, based on data. This panoptic fantasy has become reality, the invasion of our private lives is extremely potent and made tangible through the point of view of AI.” Forever is produced & directed by Los Angeles-based animation filmmaker Mitch McGlocklin – you can see more of his work on Vimeo or visit his official website or follow him on IG @mitchmcglocklin. Featuring cinematography by Nakul Tiruviluamala. This first premiered at the 2020 Telluride Film Festival + the 2021 Sundance Film Festival. For more info, visit his official site. To discover more shorts, click here. Thoughts?