Private Project

Bits of Love

Felix must decide between the real and the digital world in order to save his sister and overcome the death of his girlfriend, who returned as a hologram.

  • Anton Schilli
    Director
  • Anton Schilli
    Writer
  • Mark Rockenschaub
    Producer
  • Frederic Kokott
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
    Short
  • Genres:
    Sci-fi, Drama
  • Runtime:
    29 minutes 57 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    November 1, 2015
  • Production Budget:
    10,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    Austria
  • Country of Filming:
    Austria
  • Language:
    German
  • Shooting Format:
    digital, Arri
  • Aspect Ratio:
    2.3
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    Yes
  • Student Project:
    No
Director Biography - Anton Schilli

Anton Schilli

Anton Schilli (°1986, Stuttgart, Germany) makes films and media art. With a conceptual approach, Schilli creates with daily, recognizable elements, an unprecedented situation in which the viewer is confronted with the conditioning of his own perception and has to reconsider his biased position.
His films directly respond to the surrounding environment and uses everyday experiences from the artist as a starting point. Often these are framed instances that would go unnoticed in their original context. By taking daily life as subject matter while commenting on the everyday aesthetic of middle class values, he tries to approach a wide scale of subjects in a multi-layered way, likes to involve the viewer in a way that is sometimes physical and believes in the idea of function following form in a work.
His works are characterised by the use of everyday objects in an atmosphere of middleclass mentality in which recognition plays an important role. By rejecting an objective truth and global cultural narratives, he often creates work using creative game tactics, but these are never permissive. Play is a serious matter: during the game, different rules apply than in everyday life and even everyday objects undergo transubstantiation.
His work urge us to renegotiate film as being part of a reactive or – at times – autistic medium, commenting on oppressing themes in our contemporary society. Anton Schilli currently lives and works in Cologne.

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Director Statement

The world is developing faster than we can conceive and every day the media channels present and announce new technologies and inventions, our future society will change drastically. This also includes the holography technology. Access to the "digital world" has so far been limited to screens which can be controled with motions and input devices. The holography could mean exactly the opposite. It does not work as a window in the digital universe but it fetches the digital into reality and thus makes it a reality. The real and the digital world merge and bridge the border of the distinction, these boundaries are disappearing.
The Drama deals with the effects of digital media technologies on people in our society and shows the advantages and disadvantages which possibly can occur.

Felix must decide between the real and the digital world in order to save his sister and overcome the death of his girlfriend, who returned as a hologram.

He benefits of the simulation and enjoys its positive effects on his grief, but also experience the disadvantages and problems that come along without realizing it. Thus, the technology transforms into a psychologic treatment medium to get him out of trauma. But this drives him into dependency and finally gets him to decide between the idyllic digital world and the real dirty reality. The film comes up with the question of how far the digital can help us and at what point we will lose or have to give something up. Friends, relatives and real close people have to be sacrificed in order to live in the digital world. On the other hand, the simulation can give people experience and affections which they do not have in real life.

The objective of the film is to get the audience question their own digital life and make them aware of the advantages and disadvantages of the digital world, without delivering them a prefabricated response. It should get the viewer to act responsibly with digital technology, reality and relationships.