Noah is a 17-minute short film where the only access you get to the characters is through their digital lives. It follows the computer screen of title character Noah, as he navigates a high school relationship and spends his time on Facebook, YouPorn and ChatRoulette.
Although seemingly a gimmick, the film is a clever commentary on how many people – teenagers and adults – now live online and the effect it has on relationships. We see Noah’s interactions with his girlfriend through a Skype conversation and text messages. We see him linger over her Facebook page and obsess when she changes her profile picture – what could it mean? A question we probably have all asked ourselves in the wee hours on social media.
Shown at the Toronto Film Festival Short Cuts, the film was directed by Walter Woodman and Patrick Cederberg, who used screenshot technology to capture the action.
Noah represents the zeitgeist almost perfectly. Although the directors admit to DigitalTrends that they began working on the project last year and if they had done it now, the sites they used would probably be different. Perhaps a SnapChat flirtation and a Twitter breakup?
If you have 17 minutes, watch the short film below, but note it is NSFW – there is a ChatRoulette scene involved after all.