NOW ON DISNEY+ WITH AR EXPERIENCE! Filmmaker Elijah Allan-Blitz takes us into the world of imagination in the short film fable, Remembering.
In a secluded cabin in the woods, a young woman (Brie Larson) sits at a table with pen and paper, searching for inspiration. In an instant, a Tinkerbell-like burst of light flies around her until it finally spins around the tip of her ink pen. Then her phone rings. When she answers it, the speck of light is launched into the mystical world of imagination, crash-landing next to a small child (Dusty Peak) on a small hill overlooking an otherworldly landscape. The child journies bring the light of inspiration back to the young woman.
Remembering is a fantastical voyage into the world of imagination, but like a good tale, it’s always about more than that. As we grow older and ground our feet in reality, we quickly lose grasp of the unlimited potential found in our childlike imagination of long ago. The film asks us to consider our little speck of imagination — is this light merely a dream only to fade away, or will it stick and become an idea that lasts forever?
“…is this light merely a dream only to fade away, or will it stick and become an idea that lasts forever?”
Elijah Allan-Blitz paints a beautiful world in Remembering. Realizing that this is a short film with limited resources (aka money and time), the world is comprised primarily set in a natural background with a waterfall and a unicorn. You’re not going to get the blown-out conceptual worlds of Inside Out or Wreck-It Ralph.
The short comes with an added bonus in a virtual AR experience requiring an IOS app download. The fun happens at the halfway mark, where the world Allan-Blitz builds bleeds out into your living room (or wherever you’re watching). Think of it as expanding the frame of the film versus a deep dive into an interactive VR world.
Remembering is like a painting. The overall visual approach to the subject looks good with the help of the Disney engine behind it. The story is based on a simple idea but with a bit of depth. Writer-director Allan-Blitz has something to say about how much bigger the world once looked when we here young while giving us something to think about in the end. In other words, it’s a fairy tale hoping to melt the hearts of us stodgy old people.
Remembering is streaming on Disney+, and the AR experience is available as an IOS app.
"…a fairy tale hoping to melt the hearts of us stodgy old people."