Solution is deceptive
EVIA is a “brand video” made entirely in CGI that first and foremost wants to communicate a moral: “The solution is deceptive”, creating a despotic narrative full of suspense and expectation, capable of generating questions as current as distressing. A short film depicting an apocalyptic, utopian, futuristic universe: ours. Affected by the extinction of all living species. Climate change, pollution, natural disasters have devastated the Earth. EVIA – a fusion between Eve, the first woman of the earthly paradise, and AI, artificial intelligence – tried to “save that could be saved”, like bees, giving them new life thanks to its advanced technological functions. Will it work? EVIA is also an experiment for its creators, by using tools such as Unreal Engine, Metahuman and Rokoko, digital media able to build every scene in the smallest details both visual and sound. The result is to be seen.
In a universe damaged by pollution and climate change, special attention has been paid to small things – such as bees – the only ones capable of changing the course of great events and reminding people how small they are compared to the vastness of the Earth. Bees characterizing an environment of apparent quiet that, however, hides a worrying pitfall, making us wonder about the aspect that our reality will assume and the possible solutions that we will adopted, if they are found. A vision that combines future, natural disasters, bees, artificial intelligence and robotics in a single whole: what gave birth to EVIA.
EVIA shows a cinematic outfit with refined details. Worn and damaged clothes, with a torn and scratched texture, reflect the reality changes presented in the short film. The character drawn in 3D reflects the appearance, movements and gestures characteristic of human beings. Thanks to new and advanced media that have allowed a totally immersive realization, enriching and deepening the meaning of the project. Motion capture technology has turned staticity into dynamism, ensuring impressive performance in its replication of the real world and living beings.
The short opens with a drone flying over a desert planet to bring honey provided by bees through an automated collection system. A powerfully evocative scene, where this mechanical bird is the only “living” thing still able to cross an uninhabited land, documenting the effects of the mass extinction. A cruelly disenchanted shot from above of the possible future scenarios and effects of climate change. Leaving us with a disturbing question: are we really sure that artificial intelligence, robotics and technology are the answer?
In the summer of 2021, the Greek island of EVIA was devastated by fire. In 10 days, 2500 people were evacuated and more than 56 thousand hectares of land were destroyed by the flames. The fires that broke out on the island were fought by 17 firefighting planes and helicopters, the Greek army and a total of 570 firefighters. Seeing this all on TV, it seemed like a mini apocalypse. At that time the project was already being written, but now it had found a name: EVIA. Fruit of the union between EVA, the first woman of the earthly paradise, and AI, artificial intelligence.
The “monologue” is actually a three-way dialogue. The three EVIAs have different roles, but they appear as one unit. As bees know exactly what to do, so the protagonists do not need to communicate with each other. Leda, the actual actress, acted with three different intentions. Revealed to the viewer thanks to the color of the eyes of the three EVIAs: green-hope for the researcher, red for the grumpy one and blue for the communicator, as a bridge to the past.
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Falling spaceships are not missiles! They were designed on the model of the spaceship of “Conan, The Boy in Future” a Japanese post-apocalyptic science fiction anime series directed by Hayao Miyazaki.
This quote comes from an iconic dialogue of “The dark Knight Rises”, when in the ballroom dancing Bruce and Selina are talking. Link
In the near future, four catastrophic epidemics have infected mankind. In 2032, the effects of climate change have rapidly worsened. Italy has now become a monsoon country, with two seasons: one dry and arid and the other heavily rainy. Changes, however, that humans had already foreseen for years, but no one had done anything to adapt, while the war for resources and materials had been going on for a long time. Now there are those who survive in these huge “bubbles” called “smart cities” forgetting what it means to have your feet on the ground, living in close contact with nature, spending huge amounts of money and resources to try to colonize other planets. And then there’s me. And soon, maybe, I’ll succeed in my little dream. The first time she came to life she tried to kill me, but I could saved myself. We talked about this for a long time, because she firmly believed that the only way to save the planet was to kill all humans. Over time, however, a common point come out. We selected the most important species to save – including primates, bees, plankton, bats, ants, mushrooms, sharks, potatoes, bananas and corals – and then EVIA 1 and I gave birth to her sisters. We didn’t have so much time, as the weather was already crazy, the magnetic pole had reversed and we had to leave. But the biggest surprise was their ability to adapt to new situations. I hope they are the right “species”: they know exactly what to do and how communicate with each other just like a single intelligence, connecting to the Earth’s field.
What is reproduced in a cinematic key as a possible futuristic solution – namely, the intervention of an artificial intelligence in order to fix human mistakes – hides the drama of the extinction of all people and animal species. So, it would be a solution occurred as a result of an already happened “apocalypse”. Climate change, indeed, conceived as irreversible and catastrophic change of the world as we know it, is now an evidence no longer deniable. Although technology can moderate its impact, human actions continue to drastically affect resource consumption. And the environment pays the consequences. The most effective solution, perhaps, would be to take a – decisive – step back.
This video aims to be a warning but also an anticipation of the future reality. A sort of prescient preview of our world, outlining a catastrophic and disastrous destination, extremizing its consequences with the aim of shaking and sensitizing human consciences. In order to awaken attention to a problem affecting the lives of eight billion people. EVIA wants to grasp these imminent challenges through a visually explicit message: humanity must produce less pollution. Otherwise future possibilities will be tragically devastating.
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