The Point

"If you could see the beginning and end points of your life, the chain of cause and effect, people and things would become a smear. To move forward, you would need new points of relativity."

"The Point" is an existential short narrative about dissociation presented as video game speed-run. Shot on location at Château de Chambord, France and an abandoned elementary school in Hilversum, Netherlands.

  • Blake Ortego
  • Blake Ortego
  • Blake Ortego
    Key Cast
  • Derek Joseph
    Key Cast
    "Invention of Life"
  • Blake Ortego
    Camera Operator
  • Stevi Latiolais
    Camera Operator
  • Blake Ortego
  • Blake Trahan
    3d Modeling
  • Now I Am Become Death
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    Experimental, drama
  • Runtime:
    17 minutes 15 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    March 2, 2020
  • Production Budget:
    0 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    Belgium, France, Netherlands, United States
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Director - Blake Ortego
Director Statement

I had the unique opportunity to spend a week at Château de Chambord, in Chambord, France, and knew that I had to utilize this opportunity creatively. This provoked the question, why? Why do I feel the need to utilize this opportunity instead of just experiencing it? In fact, why do I feel the need to document my experiences at all? To archive memories; to share those memories with others; a map of curated experiences; world building. The curation of our experiences can become a social game, trying to impress others and even ourselves; role playing. Do I go places just for the sake of showcasing? The making of "The Point" was inspired by perception being curated, like a game.

The plot of "The Point" is similarly inspired, perception is subject I am a bit obsessed with. We are constantly updating our perception with incoming information and the main character in "The Point" has been flooded with information. In the wake of sensory overload, he is struggling to center himself, to find a point of relativity to keep himself grounded, from dissociating. His perception becomes dreamlike, rapidly rebuilding itself, matching old memories with new feelings.