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Synopsis

Set within the fictional smart city of SimBeijing, the CGI animation follows a self-driving car as they discuss their troubles with their built-in therapy program called Guanyin. The video is made within the custom-made virtual world of SimBeijing: an intelligent replica of the Chinese capital built to test self-driving cars. In this fictional scenario, the smart city has turned into a ghost town. Accompanied by CGI drive-through renders of SimBeijing, the narrator of this video is the eponymous ‘Theta’, a self-driving police car who patrols the streets of an uninhabited cityscape. Over the course of their dialogue with Guanyin, Theta reveals the darker reasons behind why the city has been abandoned...
Continuing Lawrence Lek’s ongoing ‘Sinofuturist’ cinematic universe, in which he explores the psychological impact of technology on emerging forms of nonhuman life.
Official Selection International Film Festival Rotterdam 2023 - Ammodo Tiger Short Competition

Details

Year
2022
Type of film
Shorts
Running Time
11 min 15 sec
Format
CGI Digital Animation
Director
Lawrence Lek
Producer
Lawrence Lek
Co-Producer
Lawrence Lek
Executive Producer
Lawrence Lek
Editor
Lawrence Lek
Screenwriter
Lawrence Lek
Director of Photography
Lawrence Lek
Production Designer
Rob Heppell
Sound
Kode9 and Lawrence Lek
Music
Kode9 and Lawrence Lek
Principal Cast
Joni Zhu
Vehicles
Ryan Vautier
Characters
Sarah Blome

Production status

Complete

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Last updated 18th January 2023

Production Company

Lawrence Lek
Farsight Corporation Ltd
128 City Road
London EC1V 2NX
+44 7534 47 50 50
studio@lek.co
http://www.lawrencelek.com

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Lawrence Lek
Farsight Corporation Ltd
128 City Road
London EC1V 2NX
+44 7534 47 50 50
studio@lek.co
http://www.lawrencelek.com