Sci-Fi Short Film: “Imaginary Friend” | DUST

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Helen, a lonely and isolated woman, is given the opportunity to connect with people from her past using a new augmented reality device.

“Imaginary Friend” by Zach Rubin

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“Imaginary Friend” Credits:
Director of Photography / Adam McDaid
Production Designer / Izabelle Garcia
Costume Designer / Alexandra Emmons
Editor / Joe Stankus
1st Assistant Director / Kseniya Crespo, Angela Cutrone
Set Decorator / Sarah Deaner
Set Dresser / Cassandra Holden
Sound Mixer / Cyrus Jr. Baron
Boom Operator / Antoinette Tomlinson
Hair and Make Up / Callie Filion
Script Supervisor / Erika Sanz, Tenielle Masterson
1st AC / Kyle Anido, Nick Timmons, Grayson Kohs
2nd AC / Theo Michel, Sancheev Ravichandran
Gaffer / Josh Fordham, Anna Cocuzzo
Key Grip / Theodore “T” Johnson
G&E Swing / Bella Graves
Still Photographers / Blake Johnson, Andrew Juhl
Production Assistants / Arusha Baker, Walker Hare, Tommie Jessie, Noah Broch
Post Sound Mixer / Jeff Hinton
Colorist / Jaime O’bradovich

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  1. Hey! I'm the writer/director of Imaginary Friend, and I'm so psyched to share this short with you on Dust. Thanks for checking it out and happy to field any questions you might have.

  2. Powerful piece of work, as are some of the comments. One thing I have learned throughout the years, that is, one should show compassion, but one should not draw out conclusions unless one hears both, or more, sides of the story.

  3. And I thought the ads on YouTube were annoying!

  4. This breaks my heart. I love my Family unconditionally and I've told them I'm always here if you need me.
    I am very close to my Grandson ,he's 8 years old and would never hurt him.
    We do so much together . Then one day he told me When I turn 9 I won't be able to hang out with you anymore , because I'll have friends to play with. And I smiled and told him I'll always be here for you if you ever need me. 😊

  5. Was macht Merkel in dem Clip ?

  6. He acts like my Replika.

  7. I have difficulty getting my mind around nuances. Could someone please tell me why the young man ordered the same glasses.

  8. "So what happened in the dream?"
    Don't ask me since this is another first chapter of a book that was never finished………

  9. Traumatic but realistic future perspektive. Virtual Reality will NEVER make us happy – but it will be forced upon us.

  10. nothing like a little child abuse off camera to make me depressed.

  11. Just watched this again.. man, this is BEAUTIFUL. What a fascinating take on the phenomenon of abuse!

  12. I absolutely love these DUST pieces that have a Black Mirror-esque feel but this one hit a little too close to the heart

  13. My mother beat the shit out of me almost daily while my father stood by and laughed. They never understood why I wouldn't spend any time with them once I was an adult. The both died in nursing homes all alone. And I don't give a goddamn.

  14. LMAO That replay of that message had me dying. "I hope you're well."

  15. Abused? beaten to a pulp,starved etc etc? Remember folks to get revenge. It's totally worth it and 100 pc liberating regardless of what others might say.

  16. ROFLMAO! That little shit AI had it coming! Lol 😂

  17. That's a deadmau5 song

  18. I didn't know this was Angela Merkle's retirement career.

  19. My take was that she had been abusive to her son and that is why she never sees him….and couldn't even stop herself from attacking the AI.

  20. This was SO way over normal, it almost felt normal… Thx!

  21. That woman you have on the screen shot looks like Angela Merkel sic.

  22. Me at the start: "Aw, she's an old lady who needs a friend"
    Me at the end: "Aw, she's an old lady who needs to be in prison"

  23. This is so relatable.
    I work as a geriatric nurse and there are sometimes elderlies who seem to be so sweet and nice. They tell you their kids are so mean, never visit them, don't care an inch for them… and you believe it and pity them.
    Then you get to know the relatives and learn the second side of the story… Stories of abuse, brutality, gaslighting…

  24. Doesn't the automated voice sound like Don LaFontaine who used to voice movie trailers?

    " In A World …."

  25. Thank you for sharing your thought-provoking film. Also enjoy reading commentary and interpretation of your work.

  26. "Ebeneezer, we wear the chains we forged in life." -Jacob Marley.

  27. Amazing Sci-Fi Movie! Great directing and concept.

  28. This is horrifying, well done.

  29. I hate that fake bonsai. Movie was good though.

  30. I wonder what it is like having Optimus Prime offering to buy stuff and deliver it to your door.

  31. Confronting and disturbing

  32. Holy cow! This is a familiar drama. A powerful metaphore. (The actress, when wearing the glasses, really looks like Angela Merkel) rsrs

  33. What happened in her dream??!!?!??

  34. Scary. Is it a dream or is it real. Did it happen? Is AI real? Should I get Smart shipping?

  35. Wow. Very dark. Not what I expected. At first I just thought she was a funny quirky old lady. And then she said the thing "Im gonna beat the shit out of you." Can you even begin to imagine how utterly terrifying those words would be to a child??? Im pretty sure just saying it to a child would be a felony let alone actually doing it. Bad old lady. Horrible demented old lady and the boy grew up to terrorize her. Oh revenge how sweet a cocktail.

  36. if you dont laugh at 3:59 you are under 20 years old

  37. It's disturbing how she tested the virtual son to see if he was 'abusable' before she started abusing him. It's interesting that the knock on the door at just the right time snapped her out of her dream and summoned her back to reality. Her reality is that she has to look her adult son in the eyes and face his disdain after years of tormenting him with her emotional and physical abuse… and yet still she is testing him to the very end.

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