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Mankind Gets Trapped in Cybernetic Hell in AB/CD/CD's Experimental Short

Forever's directing duo helm 'Server Room' based on R. Brautigan's 1967 poem

Mankind Gets Trapped in Cybernetic Hell in AB/CD/CD's Experimental Short

In an ill-conceived attempt to restore the natural balance between living creatures and computers, an AI machine inadvertently becomes the harbinger of widespread destruction and chaos.

Paris-based director duo AB/CD/CD have created 'Server Room,' a collage of real and digitised landscapes where faces melt into wavelengths of color, scenic valleys are reduced to topological maps, and a roaring waterfall disappears into an ocean of pixelated static.

The directors overlay the film’s boundless visuals with a recital of 'All watched over by machines of loving grace,' a 1967 poem by American novelist Richard Brautigan that envisions a time where people live in symbiotic euphoria with machines.

“Dystopia is no longer tomorrow. It is here, now and today. Entropy is real and will never stop,” say the directors. “That’s how we understood Brautigan’s poem when we read it. Global warming scares us because the harmony between nature, animals and humans is broken. We hope technology can solve our problems, but instead it takes us away from reality and no matter what, we can’t resist.”

This is a first step before another short film from the duo which will follow next year, set in a totally different world, but revolving around the same emergency.

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Post Production / VFX

Post Production Company: St Louis Post House (liquids simulations)

Colourist: Sylvain Canaux (St Louis)

CG: Benoit Filliat


Sound: Kouz (Sound space balance mastering)


Directors Rep: Agent Elson

Production Company

Director: AB/CD/CD

DOP: Victor Seguin

Production Company: La Pac & The Divine Accident


Music: Nik Void


Editor: Zofie Taueber

Category: Short Films and Music Videos , Short films

Genre: Dialogue , Music & Sound Design , People , Visual VFX