Lost Memories: A Sci-Fi Short Film That Weighs in On Film Versus Digital

Lost Memories is a beautiful 3-minute-long short film by Francois Ferracci that imagines a future in which cameras can share images with the world as soon as they’re shot — oh wait, that’s now — and can beam holographic photographs into the air for easy uploading or editing. In such a futuristic world, would analog photography still have any role to play?

Paris, 2020. A beautiful couple, a city over-saturated by holograms and digital stream. A polaroid camera. Tomorrow will never be the same.

It’s a thought-provoking story that might make you think twice about both photographic mediums and data backups.

It’s also a commentary on the nature of saving and sharing memories. As the world trends toward instant sharing over the Internet, the question becomes: who are you preserving memories for? For yourself and your loved ones, or for the faceless audience that you interact with through social networks?

Ferracci created the film as an entry to a competition in Paris that asked filmmakers to imagine what the future will be like. It was shot using a Canon 5D Mark II. Although writing, filming, and editing the footage took only about a day, adding in all the visual effects took Ferracci half a year to complete.

If you’re wondering how the visual effects were created, here’s the “making of” video:

Ferracci created everything you see using After Effects, Final Cut, Color Finesse, and Sapphire. Pretty impressive for a one-man project, eh?

(via Doobybrain)

P.S. You can find an interview with Ferracci here.

  • Stewart Doyle

    Although an electromagnetic storm powerful enough to actually wipe every device on the planet would probably also be powerful enough to cause severe brain damage, this is still a nice wee video.

    Put the f*cking phone away, start paying more attention to HER! (her/him/it/whatever – show your love, not your goddamn instagram filters)

  • Jonathan Maniago

    Moral of the story: keep multiple backups (and I mean for the data, not the girlfriend).

  • Jeremy Madore

    At 0:51 she’s thinking “Hey… I AM over here… can that wait?” with just cause…

    “Post #92 – 5000 views.”

    The problem with social media is… we all feel as though we need to show the world what we’re doing, who we’re doing it with, and how special we are for doing it. We’ve lost the meaning of WHY we’re doing it. Whatever “it” is does not matter – what matters is that we live life with passion and intent. BE PASSIONATE. BE INTENTIONAL. Stop being so freaking public with everything we do.


  • Vinicius Coelho

    There is a to be launched new TV show about this, isn’t?

  • David B

    Heyy, at least we know polaroid will still be around in 2020!! Amirite??!

  • Scott Hutchison

    Maybe Impossible will have it figured out by then.

  • Vlad

    Yea, the bit about brain damage is simply not true. That’s like saying MRI will give you cancer

  • KingTroll

    you can actually print digital images with something called a printer.

  • Coyote Red

    Nice! I thought it was going one way at first then another. But, in the end, I got a different message yet.

    Message one: don’t pay with your toys when you should be in the moment. Stop being rude and pay attention to your loved one, because you are in Paris after all.

    Two: “Wait! What? Analog? You traitor!” Discovering a clash of fundamental philosophies causing a relationship to sever: he embracing a digital information onslaught and she a simple capture of a important instant in time.

    In the end I’m reminded of the powerful “Tears in Rain” speech by the character Roy Batty in Bladerunner. He’s sitting with nothing of his once beloved but his own memories and a picture, not even of her, but himself. In time those memories with fade and he will have nothing.

  • Brian Miller

    In 1859, there was a solar flare so big that telegraph lines could be operated without power. There were aurora borealis so bright you could read a newspaper at night. This was named the Carrington flare, after astronomer Richard Carrington, who documented it. In 1989, space storms far smaller than the Carrington flare damaged transformers. So while we may or many not have holograms like in the video, who knows when another super flare will come? So keep a film camera handy, because if you want pics, that’s the only thing you’ll have!

  • Tao

    Powerful stuff. I was late to the smartphone party, and could identify all too well with the girl in this. I’ve left more than one gathering where half a table of people were too engrossed with their phones to engage in any conversation. Really makes the other people present feel like they matter.

    With the photos too, I noticed I was taking pictures and not experiencing, so I’ve given myself a new rule – one or two pictures at the start, spend the rest of the time enjoying. Who wants memories of just taking pictures? When those pictures are gone, what do you have left?

  • Henning Nilsen

    Printers use electricity. I’m not entirely sure you are aware what an EMP does.

  • Taivar Parts

    What if i told you, that in 8 years, the centre of Paris will look exactly the same. There never will be such buildings in the middle of Paris, like there were in the video.

  • Alan Cheung

    The same moral goes to Tron Legacy

  • Laura

    They even touched on the not having a physical copy of your photos issue in the second episode. One of the character’s still carries around her iPhone, because it has all the photos of her kids on it (and she hasn’t seen them since the blackout since they are in England and she is stuck in America)

  • Greg

    It’s just an alright short film, I think it could be way better. A good story line but it’s been done before. I enjoyed it but it’s not worth the hype.