Seeking inspiration through films

By Admin posted on September 25, 2018 in Innovation

As a creative agency specialising in ideas creation, we’re constantly on the look out for inspiration. It comes in many forms, not least on the big screen.The cinema has come a long way from the first public screening of the Lumiere brothers’ short films in 1895. Entertainment has always been the driver but as a creative medium that has stoked humanity’s imagination, one of cinema’s greatest gifts has been to serve up inspiring ideas that give us a glimpse into our future. While we now know that giant mushrooms and skeletal creatures don’t live on the moon, Le Voyage dans la Lune (A Trip to the Moon) in 1902 at least gave life to the notion that perhaps one day we could get up there. Saturn V was certainly an upgrade from George Méliès’s giant cannon, but they’re not 384,400 kilometres apart, and we’ve recently seen VR gaming that’s not too dissimilar to the goggles spotted in Ian Softley’s 1995 release of Hackers. The giant digital displays that made up what was a fantastical notion of tomorrow in the iconic Blade Runner have been assaulting pedestrians on 1 Times Square since the mid 90s.

The list goes on, but we’d rather look at what’s going to happen and we’ll start the ball rolling with these 5.

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  1. Let’s get this one out of the way, The Transporter. Originally seen on screens in the 1958 version of The Fly, it wasn’t until 1965 when Star Trek received international prominence. Interestingly enough, this signature piece of technology was not part of Gene Roddenberry’s original plan. Landing the enterprise or space shuttles were the preferred mode of transportation but the production costs to achieve this each episode were exorbitant. As they say, ‘necessity is the mother of all inventions’ and when The Fly was brought to Rodenberry’s attention, he had no hesitation in adapting the idea. Whilst there were a number of accidental fuses and replicants created, by and large the transporter worked as a treat and Captain Kirk avoided any nasty insect biological collaborations.
  2.  Hyperbaric Sleep Chambers. The P5000 exoskeleton from James Cameron’s 1982 instalment of Alien is pretty much here, but what I’m certainly looking forward to is a good, long sleep. I’ve got rubbish self-control when it comes to the TV remote, and consequently struggle with 6 hours a night. What I need is a long enforced catch up. 50 years will do me. God knows how many PMs we’ll have had but hopefully Canberra will have got its act together by then.
  3. Human sleeves. Now we’re talking, yes, immortality. Brought to you by PSYCH SEC in the Netflix series Altered Carbon. Sleeving: where you can store your consciousness into a stack or chip and transfer into a body of your choice. The stack is apparently affordable but the but the sleeves are a bit of the exxy side. I’ll start saving now.
  4. Light Sabers. Blue, red, or, if you’re Samuel L Jackson, purple. Lightsabers just rock. Who wouldn’t want one? recently rated 25 lightsabers and I have to say my favourite is Darth Maul’s double saber that was revealed in the Phantom Menace. The movie was a yawn but the saber reveal and demo was jaw-droppingly good.
  5. Last but not least – time travel. As first foretold by HG Wells in 1892 and then in the film adaptation in 1962. time travel has kept us fascinated on the big screen. Dr Who, Back to the Future, Hot Tub Time Machine, The Time Traveller’s Wife, Ground Hog Day, XMen and Interstellar just scratch the surface. Time travel just doesn’t get old. How far away is it? Well, apparently, according to this mysterious chap known as David, it’s already here.


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