Imagine awakening one day to discover that you are not human. That you can memorize entire books word for word but not recall the day before. Imagine discovering that everything you have ever known and every memory that you have is a lie. What would you do? This is the story of Emma and what she did…
I’ve always been a huge fan of the Twilight Zone series growing up. The concepts, the suspense, the strangeness of some of those episodes had me on the edge of my seat. I especially loved the ones with the big twists at the end where now that you know “what’s really going on”, if you re-watch the episode, you’d have a totally different prospective on the story. I really just wanted to make my own little episode as a tribute to the series.
The room we used to shoot the majority of the film was one of my college classrooms. It had a single peculiar window on one of the walls. It was small and set rather low for a window. In my mind I kept imagining a girl staring out that peculiar window, wanting her freedom. That pretty much is how I came up with the premise of the film.
Besides making it entertaining, I also wanted to touch on the idea of identity and what makes us human. Emotion and the lack of it is the centerpiece of the film. Is a robot who experiences emotions more human than a human who has none? At what point or action are we considered human and vice versa; things of that nature.
Filmed on: Canon 7d
lighting equipment: Arri lighting kit, China bulbs from home depot
Audio equipment: Sennheiser and Shure mics, Digi002 interface
Other equipment used: mac laptop, Hp laptop
directors name: Stephen Herman