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An Experience I’ll Never Forget

May 15, 2016

So this is it, my final film for my university course. A film 3 years in the making and, quite probably, the most ambitious (and stressful!) project that I have ever undertaken. In Memoriam follows a man who is kidnapped and forced to relive painful memories from a past life that he never knew existed.

The idea for In Memoriam had been sat in my notepad for quite sometime, and was an amalgamation of a few other ideas. I have always been fascinated by the idea of memory and memory manipulation in science fiction; in particular, Christopher Nolan’s Inception, Paul Verhoeven’s Total Recall and the recurrent theme of memory in Charlie Brooker’s Black Mirror. This film grew from the idea that human memory is not absolute and is indeed quite flawed. I wanted to explore what it would be like to be sucked into a world that you’ve completely forgotten.

To say that this film was challenging would be quite an understatement. There were a few problems securing actors, and a broken camera discovered 25 mins before we were due to shoot. Because of these, significant changes had to be made to the script, cutting it down to the bare bones and replacing the character of a father, with that of a brother due to the age of the actor.

On the other hand, it was great to shoot in a wide variety of locations this time as all of my films prior to this used only one or two locations. I also enjoyed trying my hand at some minor visual effects which I think came out quite well in the end.

This is also the second time that I have collaborated with my partner Bryony Worth, under our joint production company Binary Star. It was great to work with her again after we joined forces on the Beat Primal music video last year. Our minds seem to work in sync and it’s amazing being able to bounce ideas off of another person. You can certainly look forward to more films from the two of us.

Overall, I’m not sure if I am as pleased with the finished product as I hoped I would be. I am, however, still in love with the original idea and the uncut script, so this may be something I revisit in the future with a slightly different take.

The trailer for In Memoriam is now available to watch on the Binary Star Facebook page.