Alekya Malladi, Gesthimani Roumpani, Yanrong Yang
Written, directed, & produced by: Alekya Malladi, Gesthimani Roumpani, Yanrong Yang
Voice actors: Michail Savvas (witness #1), Natasha Sandmeier (witness #2), Gesthimani Roumpani (witness #3), Thomas Lawrence (witness #4), Perry Strahl (witness #5)
Athina Roumpani as "Eileen Taylor"
AI Assistant AVA: Courtesy of Balabolka TTS
Music score: “Brethren, Arise” by Chris Zabriskie is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/), Source: http://chriszabriskie.com/darkglow/, Artist: http://chriszabriskie.com/
Sound effects: www.zapslat.com
Created during our studies at UCLA AUD IDEAS - Entertainment Studio 2019-2020
Studio instructors: Natasha Sandmeier, Nathan Su
Motivated by the impending collaboration of humans and AI, the film “Incognito” challenges the idea of objective or infallible memories, suggesting that memory is not a record of the past; it is a creative act that weaves together an experience and an environment with its associated senses and emotions.
In the year 2023, a young girl goes missing in Salton Sea, CA. The police officer on the case and AI analyst AVA, are collecting evidence and data, to stitch stories and spaces together. The success of their investigation depends on the accuracy and balance between human, digital, and object-imprinted memories.
This film serves as an exposé on memory, spatial reconstruction, and the role of contemporary media in delivering fact and fiction. How far is the truth from a series of stories put together in a well-strung narrative?