"I forgot the sound of your voice..."
In The Original we follow Alana, a woman struggling to keep her relationship alive as her partner suffers with a debilitating illness. A new medical procedure offers the answer to their prayers, but not without forcing her to make one last sacrifice.
LENGTH: 13 mins
DIRECTED BY: Michelle Garza Cervera
PRODUCED BY: Hiro Ishiguro
Story: Andrew Fleming and Michelle Garza Cervera
CINEMATOGRAPHY: Madhav Mathur
CAMERA OPERATOR: Taylor Nelson
EDITOR: Daniela Rullo
SOUND DESIGN: Cameron Griffiths
Music: Orquesta el Macabeo
PRODUCTION DESIGN: Alizé Speed
MAKE UP DESIGN: Susana Rodero
COSTUME DESIGN: Gaby Gower
The Original is a sci-fi drama short film about letting go, dependency and the extreme choices we are willing to make in pursuit of happiness. The film explores these ideas through a dark drama lens with elements of horror.
We focus on Alana, a woman whose partner, Gwendolyn, is in the final stages of locked-in syndrome. They are offered a chance to regain the life they thought they had lost through a procedure that will transfer Gwendolyn's consciousness into a healthy clone. Although the procedure initially appears to be a success, Alana is soon informed that something has gone terribly wrong, forcing her to make an impossible choice.
Although the world of The Original is one where salsa-dancing, cloning and consciousness transfer exist it is far from a utopia. It is a world where processes, procedures and passive-aggressive bureaucrats rule. The operation takes place in a decaying and oppressive public health clinic run by cynical workers that have become far too used to witnessing this miracle. This creates a contrasting backdrop for Alana and Gwendolyn's hope and optimism.