Christian Marchant
brandi_theory_restoration_I.jpg

Sci-Fi Poetry Short Film

Machines of Loving Grace


 

The Ask:

Choose a poem, and create a short story based on your interpretation of the poem. 

 

 

The Poem:

We chose one of my favorite poems, written by the American novelist and poet Richard Brautigan. All Watched Over by Machines of Loving Grace, often understood as a satirical piece about the future of technology, stood out to me as an opportunity to create an intense science fiction story. 

 
 

 

All Watched Over by Machines of Loving Grace (1967)
By Richard Brautigan

I like to think (and
the sooner the better!)
of a cybernetic meadow
where mammals and computers
live together in mutually
programming harmony
like pure water
touching clear sky.

I like to think
(right now, please!)
of a cybernetic forest
filled with pines and electronics
where deer stroll peacefully
past computers
as if they were flowers
with spinning blossoms.

I like to think
(it has to be!)
of a cybernetic ecology
where we are free of our labors
and joined back to nature,
returned to our mammal
brothers and sisters,
and all watched over
by machines of loving grace.

 
 

 

After our analysis of the poem, we created a story that would fit with the words and tone. We added our personal interpretation by setting the film in a dystopian world. In the story, our main character is troubled by dreams of nature in a world where all nature has been wiped off the planet by machines and technology. In an effort to build a virtual world of nature modeled after his dreams, our main character sneaks into a mysterious facility to steal the last piece of technology needed to complete the machine that will bring him back to nature in his virtual world.

 
 

The Final Video: