Clone No. 13

In a state-of-the-art laboratory, scientists aimed to forge an enlightened being, Shiva. Yet, a calamitous glitch twisted their creation. Shiva's pituitary and pineal glands, key to his enlightenment, malfunctioned. Instead of brilliance, his body decayed swiftly, tormenting him. Amidst sterile monitors, Shiva's anguished wails resonated. Desperation gripped the scientists as they futilely battled the malfunction. In a room of cutting-edge tech, Shiva's demise unfolded—a haunting reminder of humanity's boundaries, etched in the tragic consequences of their ambitious experimentation.

  • Jesed Francis Abiera Moreno
  • Jesed Francis Abiera Moreno
  • Krystine Antonio
  • Indy Paredes
  • Paolo Dumlao
    Key Cast
  • Lih Ocampo
    Assistant Director/ Sound Designer
  • Brijette San Jose
    Prosthetic Artist/ Production Designer
  • Qi Perez
    Stills Photographer
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    5 minutes 45 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    November 7, 2023
  • Production Budget:
    200 USD
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    Black & White
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  • The Forum for Super 8, Cinema and Moving Image at Ateneo Art Gallery/ Arete
    Quezon City
    November 11, 2023
Director - Jesed Francis Abiera Moreno
Director Statement

Clone No. 13 serves as a poignant exploration of morality amidst scientific ambition, delving into the consequences of playing the role of creator through cloning. The narrative revolves around my introspective journey, echoing the aftermath of a challenging acid trip that left me grappling with existential dread. Within the film, the cloned version of myself becomes a vessel for questioning the ethical compass of scientists who assume the mantle of gods, manipulating life without heed for the sanctity of natural procreation.

The cloning process, depicted as a recurring, fatal experiment, symbolizes the inherent imbalance wrought by tampering with the fabric of existence. It acts as a cautionary tale, a metaphor for the unchecked proliferation of cloning technology, where the pursuit of progress blinds humanity to the potential backlashes of their creations. The film captures the internal conflict of Clone No. 13, mirroring my own psyche during the acid-induced turmoil, as it contemplates mortality, depression, and the desperate quest for respite through surrendering to base instincts.

Through this artistic endeavor, I aim to provoke contemplation on the ethical responsibilities tethered to scientific advancements, urging viewers to reflect on the fragility of the fine line between progress and peril in the pursuit of knowledge and control over life's intricate dance.