The Feeler grew out of a three-part assignment for a Digital Futures class called “Discovery,” where students were asked to storyboard the opening sequence of an experimental sci-fi narrative, and later, turn that into an 3-minute video. From there, we were asked to use the opening sequence to complete a 5-minute film with an accompanying transmedia component. The entire Discovery class revolved around world building, and was inspired by the writing of author Arthur C. Clarke and by Stanley Kubrick’s film 2001: A Space Odyssey, George Lucas’ directorial debut THX1138, and by Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner.
While most of my classmates had little background in film and chose to mix sparse live action with stock footage, my group decided to shoot an entirely live action piece. My role was to write the script, directed the scenes, and production manage the team. We were on a tight timeline, with little-to-no budget and classmates volunteering as actors, so I made sure the script took all of this into account.
Considering the conditions we were working under, our entire group was happy with the result. The film turned out to be lighthearted and funny, and exactly the tone we were aiming for.
While we’re working on a re-edit that can be submitted to small film festivals, a rough cut is available for viewing on the film’s web site at:
Project: The Feeler
Assignment: World Building
Program: Master’s in Digital Futures
Institution: OCAD University
Group Members: Anurag Arora, Lee Jones, Stephen Keller, Gary Zheng, Glen Zhang and Monica Virtue