Short Film ‘Noah’ Tells Tale of Heartbreak Completely on Computer Screen

In the past decade, the web has gone from a place where it was possible to download free .mp3s, to a place where you could list your top friends, to a completely immersive experience, where entire human dramas are played out on a daily basis. With Twitter now a global soapbox and Instant Messaging and Facebook replacing phone calls and even real life relationships, the internet is rife with drama. And now an innovative Canadian short film, Noah, captures the drama of human connection (as lived online, without once leaving the computer screen) in 17 minutes. Click below to learn more and watch (and be sure to close all your other tabs!)

Noah tells the story of a boy, a girl, a Facebook account, and the new vistas of communication we are living with every day. Created by Canadian film students Walter Woodman and Patrick Cederberg, the film recently debuted at the Toronto International Film Festival.

The setup for the story is as old as love stories: a boy and girl ponder their imminent separation (going away to college), but everything we see is mediated through the boy’s computer screen — the Skype window he uses to chat with his girlfriend, the Facebook chats he has with friends, even a brief dalliance with Chatroulette can all be considered to be “sets” the filmmakers used to make their movie…

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