'Transcendence' is a film that will be released theatrically in 2014. It is being described as 'an Epic Love Story'. The film will star Johnny Depp and Rebecca Hall as Will and Evelyn, a couple who are scientists attempting to unlock the secret of technological singularity. They hope to create a world where computers can transcend the abilities of the human brain. However, an extremist group attempts to prevent them from pushing the boundaries of nature. As a result of their intervention and clash, Will's consciousness is uploaded into a supercomputer after he is assassinated by the group. Will is reborn into this computer and interacts with his wife as they attempt to continue their goal. From my understanding, despite Will's survival, his love for his wife is one thing that still anchors him as he is trapped within the confines of the cyberspace. Will, a forefather of A.I. is now an A.I. himself. But does he plan of helping humanity for the better or does he secretly plot a more sinister program that will change the world as we know it? Will they achieve their goal of transcendence? Can Will and Evelyn be reunited despite the great technological barrier that divides them? Only time will tell as we'll have to wait to see.
When I first heard this plot I immediately had ideas for this poster in my head. It intrigued me and the concept had a lot of potential for a great film. I decided to do a minimalist style approach to this poster, a throwback to the classic motifs of 'separation' between mankind and machines, yet these characters great longing still resides within them, even though one is no longer fully human. It also helps identify Evelyn, who makes a last effort to upload the essential imprint and memories of her spouse, to 'save' him, into a computer so that she will no longer be divided from him. It makes the journey of transcendence more personal as Will is attempting to transcend and bridge the gap between gaining greater knowledge and still retain his emotions that keep him sentient.
I racked my brain until I came to this solution. This scene of Evelyn touching the computer screen as she sees the static of the large supercomputer along with numbers and equations and the glowing face of Will, her love, gazing longingly back at her, a tear drop forming showing his feelings, yet attempts to remain stoic with his serious face. Also, the eyes look at the viewer, staring back at you when you look at the poster. This is my vision of what the poster should essentially be: informative, mysterious, and has a good clean design.
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