Title

Laminar Flow/Proof of Concept

Lead Author Major

Engineering Physics

Format

Student Film Festival

Faculty Mentor Name

Pati McCarthy

Faculty Mentor Department

Film Studies

Abstract/Artist Statement

Laminar Flow

Psychological and neurological studies have shown that the brain reacts differently while a person is under hyperfocus or an extreme state of concentration. Many people have described this state as one of pure bliss, a moment in which time has become completely absent. Laminar Flow is a snapshot of someone – who he is, we do not know, but he appears to be some sort of programmer or scientist -- in the deep stages of hyperfocus. Set to the theme of Gabrielle Aplin’s Power of Love, Laminar Flow is asks the audience what it means to work hard, what it means to be truly dedicated to something, whether love is different than obsession, whether love is only reserved as a concept between two people, and what it means to “go down the rabbit hole”. As well as drawing the fine line between dedication and filling a void, it asks the question of what love is, as well as how it is expressed and how it is embodied. Perhaps love cannot just be a feeling or a motivation, but must be a tangible attribute expressed through action and motion.

Proof of Concept

Vincent is a computer engineer who works in a small, insulated electronics lab during the day that has always had a broken clock. His time spent at the lab is relegated to completing mundane tasks handed down from middle management. He begins to notice however, that there is something strange in the assignments given to him: they all seem to be asking for the same task to be done but in different ways. As he meticulously traces through the company network where these files come from, he starts to unravel the unnerving truth that the company is not what it seems and appears to be controlled by more sinister forces. As the work days go on, Vincent does his best to complete his assignments while hiding his attempts at uncovering this massive secret. His attempts are thwarted when company officials realize what he is actually doing, and his life slowly becomes a nightmare. Luckily, Vincent wakes up from this nightmare, although he wakes up to a much more mundane world. At its core, Proof of Concept is about what we subconsciously wish to be true, as well as why we want the things we want.

Location

Janet Leigh Theatre

Start Date

5-5-2015 7:00 PM

End Date

5-5-2015 10:00 PM

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Laminar Flow/Proof of Concept

Janet Leigh Theatre

Laminar Flow

Psychological and neurological studies have shown that the brain reacts differently while a person is under hyperfocus or an extreme state of concentration. Many people have described this state as one of pure bliss, a moment in which time has become completely absent. Laminar Flow is a snapshot of someone – who he is, we do not know, but he appears to be some sort of programmer or scientist -- in the deep stages of hyperfocus. Set to the theme of Gabrielle Aplin’s Power of Love, Laminar Flow is asks the audience what it means to work hard, what it means to be truly dedicated to something, whether love is different than obsession, whether love is only reserved as a concept between two people, and what it means to “go down the rabbit hole”. As well as drawing the fine line between dedication and filling a void, it asks the question of what love is, as well as how it is expressed and how it is embodied. Perhaps love cannot just be a feeling or a motivation, but must be a tangible attribute expressed through action and motion.

Proof of Concept

Vincent is a computer engineer who works in a small, insulated electronics lab during the day that has always had a broken clock. His time spent at the lab is relegated to completing mundane tasks handed down from middle management. He begins to notice however, that there is something strange in the assignments given to him: they all seem to be asking for the same task to be done but in different ways. As he meticulously traces through the company network where these files come from, he starts to unravel the unnerving truth that the company is not what it seems and appears to be controlled by more sinister forces. As the work days go on, Vincent does his best to complete his assignments while hiding his attempts at uncovering this massive secret. His attempts are thwarted when company officials realize what he is actually doing, and his life slowly becomes a nightmare. Luckily, Vincent wakes up from this nightmare, although he wakes up to a much more mundane world. At its core, Proof of Concept is about what we subconsciously wish to be true, as well as why we want the things we want.