Encephalon is a TV pilot filmed in 2018 in Copenhagen, its a near future “Black Mirror” esc noir. I was brought on as Lead Graphic Designer for the Pilot of a new Dansk Noir television show, a near future Sci-fi thriller where scientists have developed memory control technology.
Inspired by the British show Black Mirror, Written by Morten Dahl Lützhøft, directed by Marc Harpsøe.
Filmed in Copenhagen in 2018
The tablet graphics were developed for use on Apple Ipads to communicate an app showing a form of brain manipulation and hacking including Hallucinations/digital reality, corrections and erasures. The interface for this technology was designed to be very simple and modern, but as in the story the technology wasn’t fully developed, I had designed it to look like an alpha version, so it shouldn’t look too polished and overdeveloped therefore would only be used by the developers and subjects under direction, yet needed to communicate clearly to the audience the purpose of the application as well as the intended effects.
Time restraints meant they were simple videos the actors had to follow but given more time & budget I would have loved to have developed something that was interactive especially for the puzzle screens to add believability.
In the script, is when the developer/ researcher Character, David, played by Thure Lindhardt, transfers the puzzle solution from Louisa to Marco and Jacob; demonstrating the technology’s ability to duplicate knowledge and ability from one connected brain to another. To do this, I used a finger tap animation, followed by simple pop up confirmation, along with a circle spreading animation, showing three brains to represent the three characters involved.
It was needed to be believable that only one of the characters was intelligent enough to complete it. The design for this was based on what is claimed to be the most difficult sudoku puzzle in the world designed by Finnish mathematician, Arto Inkala
There were 2 versions, one where the character Louisa begins solving the puzzle, so it shows the puzzle as incomplete.
The second video here shows where the puzzle is completed by dragging the last tile into place which was designed so that the actor could follow the movement with their finger with a little practice.
The scientist produces a type of augmented reality on one of his subjects, an hallucination that only that one subject could see. The interface screen was intended to look psychedelic as a type of visual shorthand to help communicate that Marco was being subjected to an hallucination created by the technology.
The script also called for a screen that would allow the researcher (David) to alter or “Correct” a connected brain’s memory, There were two versions needed, one where he corrects Louisa’s memory, and then his own.