The Nostalgist: Upcoming Short Film Explores Augmented Reality

My following article below was originally published by SERIOUS WONDER:

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“Everything about the old man was natural and wrinkled except for his Eyes™ and Ears™, thick glasses resting on the creased bridge of his nose and two flesh-colored buds nestled in his ears. They were battered technological artifacts that captured sights and sounds and sanitized every visual and auditory experience. The old man sometimes wondered whether he could bear to live without these artifacts. He did not think so.” – Daniel H. Wilson, The Nostalgist

What if everything you saw, and everything you heard, were mere techno-induced manifestations, and the real world hidden beneath the augmented veil was something worth hiding? This very question is now being explored in the upcoming sci-fi short film The Nostalgist.

Based upon the short story of the same name by Daniel H. Wilson (author of sci-fi bestsellers Amped,Robopocalypse, and Robogenesis), The Nostalgistopens up to a world of immense beauty and class, resembling a futuristic adaptation to the Victorian Age. Though what starts off as a steampunk future, however, soon transforms itself into something much closer to cyberpunk – the artificial eyes and ears of “The Man” (starring Lambert Wilson) quickly begins to fail.

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The Nostalgist Synopsis

With properly tuned ImmerSyst eyes™ & ears™ the futuristic city of Vanille can look and sound like a paradise. But the life of a father and his son threatens to disintegrate when the father’s Immersyst begins to fail. Desperate to avoid facing his own traumatic reality, the man must venture into a city where violence and danger brew beneath a veneer of beautiful illusion.

Writer/Director: Giacomo Cimini
VFX Artist: Giacomo Bargellesi
Music composed by: Lorenzo Piggici
Producers: Felix Balbas, Stephanie Bamberg, Giacomo Bargellesi, Tommaso Colognese, Luca da Rios, Pietro Greppi, Jan Pace, and Andrea Scarso.

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Lambert Wilson’s character “The Man” appears to be playing a round of chess with his grandson “The Boy” (starring Samuel Joslin), which starts off the overall setting of the entire film – sacrificing all that you can to achieve your end goal. The end goal for “The Man” is to maintain the perceptual normalcy he’s developed for himself in order to hide the world beneath in which he’s disgusted of. What all he’s to sacrifice will be revealed after the film’s release.

This undated dystopian landscape introduces several implications of a future left behind, only to be swept under the rug, per se, via advanced technology. While I feel that sci-fi is in need of much more optimistic films, the overall character development, setting, and VFX are quite remarkable for a short film. The company behind it is also in talks with Daniel H. Wilson for a feature length adaptation, which will explore the storyline more in depth.

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The Nostalgist will be available on Video-On-Demand (VOD) on October 15, and on DVD and Blu-ray Disc sometime in December.

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