Future or Now

If a fortune teller could predict your future, would you like to find out the future with your life span?

Jonathan, a 22-year-old young man who has just graduated from the university, feels so frustrated and desperate about his current life routine and environment. Fortunately, he met a fortune-teller, then the fortune teller tells him that he can predict Jonathan's future. But every time he chooses to foresee forward a bit of his future, 1-year life time is paid for exchange within a purely white space. Once he makes one decision, the fortune teller would drag him into related future time and space. This is a future space allowing people to spectate and even experience everything without changing it.

Jonathan will be entering five different future scenes which are respectively 24, 27, 35 and 45 years old. Jonathan gets more and more greedy and addicted on this trade and finally grasp the meaning of life which is to live in the moment.

In the very end of the story, the screen turns into an endless darkness which metaphors the disruption of the whole space, and for certain, Jonathan's life.

  • Ruiqi Zeng
  • Ruiqi Zeng
  • Zizhen Guo
  • Lia Wu
  • Xizi Zeng
    Sound Designer
  • Ruiqi Zeng
    Key Cast
  • Hongming Liang
    Key Cast
  • Zizhao Jin
    Key Cast
    "Fortune teller"
  • Project Type:
    Short, Student
  • Runtime:
    13 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    June 28, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    8,000 CNY
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  • Student Project:
    Yes - University of Sydney
Director Biography - Ruiqi Zeng

Ruiqi Zeng was born in Nanjing in 1999, who is raised up in China until the age of 16 as she chose to study in the Australian education system. She has shown a great interest in both English and films since her childhood. As for now, Ruiqi started her own adventure in the film industry mainly as a director, writer, and actress based in both China and Australia.
At the very beginning, she tried a lot of categories of films in her undergraduate study at the University of New South Wales, such as documentary, 2D animation, and certainly narrative short films. Tinsmith was the first work she did in the Australian film industry in 2019 which is a documentary recording and rearranging the thoughts of a niche and characteristic local band called Tinsmith. It is a story about Tinsmith but interpreted in her team’s own way with the unique documentary script and moving camera language. In the same year, she also took a trial in narrative cinema with the work called The Red Thread Of Fate which was costar and directed by herself. Though the story is simply set between a couple confronting a hard decision laid in front of them, it can be told from her later experiences that narrative cinema would be the essential direction she eagers to develop in.
As she started the postgraduate study at the University of Sydney, she began to challenge herself with a higher level. Puppet and Future or Now are two representative works she had directed and also costar in between 2020 and 2021. It can be seen that the level of the core in the script and all other aspects were lifted and more mature compared to previous works. Ruiqi is still challenging herself to a higher level in her career and her potential should be approved.

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Director Statement

Future or Now is raising the concern about the fear to one's future, especially young people who are always chasing the unpredictable future, but could only be able to struggle with the current reality.