Mariano Santillan, Argentine video director, turning JoinWith.Me book into short film
Despite the current COVID situation, short film production is continuing. JoinWith.Me is a dystopian thriller that explores whether we control technology or it controls us.
By: Mariano Santillan, Video Director and Producer
"We began production before the COVID-19, and had to put everything on hold for a while. Now we are facing a different situation: quarantine, closed locations, staff and actors are unavailable. Thus, we had to change the script for the short film. The pieces that we were able complete before are now accessible through QR codes in the book JoinWith.Me,"
He adds that, "Because of the current situation, we decided to shorten the length of the film to a few minutes and focus on a climax moment of the Novel, a traumatic episode that Sam, our protagonist, experiences at a psychiatric hospital."
JoinWith.Me is a dystopian thriller that explores timely questions: whether we control technology or it controls us; the singularity horizon where AI crosses the threshold into self-awareness;
"Reducing the length of the original short film was very challenging. The new script focuses on the disturbing scene that I really like, and I hope that other people will like it, too. Making the film shorter allows us to pay more attention, and dedicate more budget, to technical aspects such as computer animation. I want the short film to pay tribute to the novel, which completely blows my mind. Mike [the author] set the bar very high." Mariano concludes.
The short film is expected to be distributed in November 2020.
JoinWith.Me on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/
Mariano Santillan, Video Director and Producer