Intriguing sci-fi short film imagines a world without paper...or history

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Apr 21, 2014, 1:21 PM EDT (Updated)

What would happen if there were no more paper, and therefore no more written history? This, and it’s micro-budget sci-fi done right. 

Dubbed Scattered, this new 11+ minute sci-fi short film is based on Ken MacLeod story “The Surface of Last Scattering,” and is set approximately 15 years in the future. The big difference between now and then is that a chemical has destroyed all written documents in human history, a move the rogue scientist hoped would give humanity a clean slate.

Instead of focusing on the massiveness of that concept in and of itself, director Joshua Bregman  instead zeroes in on the relationship between the scientist and his estranged son, as we get a nice slice of world-building and some very tense scenes set in a diner.

It’s the perfect approach, and we’d love to see more. For now, check out the short:

(Via The Verge)