Worth Watching: Thought-Provoking Sci-Fi Short 'Lost Memories'

October 2, 2012
Source: Vimeo

Lost Memories

"What do you have left in this digital era that is no longer?" This is a must watch, no question. It's only two minutes long and it's moving and emotional and makes you think, with just a few lines of well-written voiceover. FS reader Ronny, who also tipped us on that fascinating NASA sci-fi short Robbie, linked me to this other short, titled Lost Memories. It's made by French filmmaker Francois Ferracci and addresses that interesting dilemma mentioned in the quote at the beginning regarding how this world is progressing into the digital realm. It's set in Paris, year 2020, beyond that it's best to jump in. Don't skip this, it's good!

From the Vimeo page for Francois Ferracci's Lost Memories it introduces: Paris, 2020. A beautiful couple, a city over-saturated by holograms and digital stream. A polaroid camera. Tomorrow will never be the same. This short was written, directed and post-produced by Ferracci, who now lives in Toronto. The two actors seen in this are Luka Kellou and Magali Heu, with music by Alexandre Fortuit. If anyone is interested in more information on how he added and created the visual effects, here's a behind-the-scenes video. There's also an interview with Ferracci about Lost Memories over on One Small Window. Thoughts?

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  • Mike Lucas
    Wow, that was amazing, and moving.
  • Fuck, now I have to go print out a picture of my daughter.
  • csw
    Looks really good, but the thing i dont get is.. Why would they think Paris(and the world) would change that much in 8 yrs? Why not say its Paris, year 2050 AT LEAST. 😛
    • Wafffles
      You have a point but I don't think it's supposed to be that literal. Honestly, Paris will probably never have skyscrapers like that unless it's literally unavoidable and the world population reaches like 200 billion, in which case the year will likely be more like 2200, but again that's over-analyzing It's just the eye candy backdrop for the real point of the short.
  • Memories are never lost you create them in your mind and they stick with you until you die. You don't need technology to keep portfolio of your life your brain does that for you.
    • A brain can, and does deteriorate...I guess so can a captured image. But photos/digital images are there to act as triggers for our memories. There's always that one photo, for an experience you completely forgot until you have the reminder...So I guess you're right. But surely photos, digital or film, can't hurt :)
    • yeah camera's were such a silly fad anyway /s
  • doe
    exactly why i create a photo album for every vacation and a yearly album for our famliy from all the digitals I take
  • I see couples sitting right beside each other, both on Facebook via separate mobile phone having dinner together. Did the riots in the video happen because people couldn't update their status? I quite liked it anyways.
  • Back in 1932 there was a similar version where the guy was using a Kodak with a flash cube and then the woman set up an easel and painted his portrait. It took forever and Paris didn't have skyscrapers in that one.
  • How is nobody making the connection between this and NBC's Revolution?




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