From the invention of the Gutenberg printing press in the 15th century which made the written word accessible to the masses, to the advent of web 2.0 which ushered in the era of online video and media streaming, technology and art have always had a symbiotic relationship.
Based on a short story by acclaimed author Ken Liu, the award winning sci-fi short Real Artists examines the modern implications of that relationship.
Written and directed by Cameo Wood, the film introduces us to Sophia (Tiffany Hines), a young animator who is interviewing for her dream job with Anne (Tamlyn Tomita), the head of a prestigious animation studio.
Anne reveals to Sophia the proprietary technology which accounts for the studio's unprecedented box office successes.
The intuitive Sophia soon realizes she must choose between her more traditional creative philosophy, or opt to become a convert to a more soulless process.
As the film's lead, Tiffany Hines is luminous as Sophia, a young woman filled with an artist's passion for their craft.
Tamlyn Tomita is perfectly cast opposite her as the regal Anne, the studio head with hidden depths beneath her serene surface.
Real Artists is sleek and unsettling in its depiction of technology usurping the spark of human creativity.
Watch the official trailer here ...
To view the complete short, visit the film's web site RealArtists.film.
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