Sci-fi Short Film Offers a Glimpse into a World without Paper

Based on a Ken MacLeod short story, “Scattered” displays life in the near, paperless future. Sugar substitutes come in colorful pills instead of packets and a photograph’s value becomes more than sentimental.

The short film holds an interesting premise, but lightly stitches paper’s absence from the world into a reasonable narrative. While attention is paid to some macro and micro consequences, the film never addresses the obvious environmental effects “the Rot” pandemic would cause. The short story “The Surface of Last Scattering” executes the idea more eloquently by avoiding any mention of flora or any object that might be made of wood. By not framing out trees and including small plants in the film, the filmmakers force a question they were not prepared to answer.

Created in late 2012 as the graduation project of two former students of London’s MetSchool, “Scattered” was made available online at the end of its festival circuit which included screenings at the 2013 Sci-Fi London Film Festival, The Lighthouse Film Festival and Cinema at the Edge.



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