Topic: The Nine Billion Names of God (Sci-fi written by HoldingOurOwn)
The Nine Billion Names of God is an upcoming brickfilm, written by Michael Tourette (HoldingOurOwn), based on a short story by Arthur C. Clarke.
Around June 2016, I found myself wandering in the pre-production section, and found HOO's page of unanimated scripts. After reading a few, I got interested in Michael's adaptation of this Clarke short story, which I actually didn't know before, though I've been deeply interested in the past in Sci-fi short stories such as the numerous Asimov shorts (One of which, "Nightfall", was loosely adapted in Ad Tenebras). Even though Michael and I discussed and some minor changes were made, the final screenplay is quite almost the same as the original that you can find in the above mentioned page, proving Michael's talent in adapting so believably to a modern day setting this short story.
After a few months during the which the project was frozen, in January of this year filming started. So far, about 75% of the filming is done. Production photos and frames will be released in this topic gradually.
From the technical point of view, this is my first film shot with a DLSR, which I got around September, after years of using a digital camera to do brickfilming. Also, aspect ratio will be 2.35:1, in order to give the film a more cinematic look.
I believe Michael's description of the story is good and concise: "An unusual order of monks enlists some hi-tech help in their centuries-long mission to inscribe all the possible names of God." To add something, two employees of a 3D printer company, Charles and George, are hired to help this order of monks from the Himalaya, but they'll soon learn the dangers of what is happenning there.
What I personally always find myself to think about when I shoot the scenes is, how this story puts two different ways of thinking in front of one another: the rational, calculating scientific approach, and the religious, apparently almost bigot-like approach. What I find even more intriguing, is the answer to the whole thing, but to learn that, you'll have to watch the brickfilm once it's out!
Cast and crew
I'm pleased to say that The Nine Billion Names of God has now a full cast!
Here follows the full list of cast and crew members:
Based on a short story by Arthur C. Clarke
Written by Michael Tourette
Directed by Viktor Toth
Here is a frame from the film. It showcases Lama (the leader of the Monks), talking with Charles and with George in the Background:
Be sure to check back for more frames and backstage pictures!
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