The Real Evidence: Laptop

Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic. This office clerk stumbles on such technology but what does he do with it?

In a quiet Russian office, employees are occupied with doing work or doodling on scratch paper, when one of them, a man wearing eyeglasses, notices something on the wall in front of him – it’s a computer cursor. After a triple-take, he stares wondering if it’s from his laptop and starts to drag his finger across his track pad. The cursor moves from the wall to his monitor and back to the wall again. Seeing if anyone else notices, he looks over both shoulders and continues to explore the extent to where it can travel and what it can do.

After spilling a drink on his own desk, with a simple point-n-click, he realizes other uses for his newfound, extensible tool: he changes verbiage on a hardcopy document, sexually violates a female coworker, changes the exterior building signage of a bank across the street (most likely his employer’s), and shrinks a random car in a parking lot. He could do all of these things through his own laptop, as if the world was a graphical user interface.

Having already disclosed the discovery to one of his buddies from the office, they both become giddy with the mischief they’re causing – high atop the roof of a building, they can see everything and everybody. Then his buddy hyperventilates and starts spitting out words of excitement for the opportunities that could avail from this new tool – powers that can be tapped into through the different applications on the four-eyes’ laptop, for nefarious purposes.

The man wearing eyeglasses then starts to realize that his buddy is getting drunk with power. As he starts growing uncomfortable about his buddy getting a god complex, the man wearing glasses shrinks into his seat and gives the other guy the side-eye. What is he going to do now that his friend is getting frenetically out of control?

Cast & Crew

Director, DOP: Egor Gavrilin
Producers: Inna Omelchenko, Egor Gavrilin

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Darkly humorous within a contemporary context.
Good
About The Author
- Joon Shin has always been an advocate for independent films and is a Co-Founder & Partner for Content of Characters, Board Director for both Dosha Pops and In The Lights PR, and serves on the Board of Advisors for TriplAgent.