Sight (2012), a fairly simple tale of a man taking a woman out on a date in the future, was created by students Eran May-raz and Daniel Lazo as a graduation project. When you think of a grad project film, this isn’t what usually springs to mind. Sight is a polished, tightly edited, beautifully shot and cleverly scripted short. The CGI, whilst subtle, is hugely impressive and suggests high production values.
The futurist-dystopia presented in Sight brings to mind both Black Mirror’s The Entire History of You, penned by sitcom writer Jesse Armstrong, and the almost disturbingly accurate (as it has turned out so far) vision of the future presented in Stephen Spielberg’s Minority Report.
We’re already creeping towards this kind of technology; refrigerators that keep us apprised of the condition and use-by dates of the food contained within – cameras that analyse facial expressions for insight, and – yes – Google Glass. Imagine all these things combined, and with the widespread use of downloadable apps in mobile computing devices, used for everyday ‘leisure’ purposes (as opposed to military, counter-terrorism or surveillance) and May-raz and Lazo’s vision of a date in an ultra modernised Western future is all too easy to imagine.
Clever, superbly executed, realistic and thought-provoking, this film is a must-see.