Something Arbitrary is the production company of writer-director Shaun Seneviratne. He has written and directed many short films including Love Fest 2013’s “What About Romance?” His film “How Will We Cross the Seas?” won the audience choice award at the Zero Film Festival. He is currently working on two more short films to shoot this summer, writing his first feature, and working as a teaching artist for BRIC.
For this round of fests, he wanted to work with a tight-knit group of his best friends. Christine Kecher, a film/entertainment MBA candidate and poet, is producing and writing. Michael Irenski, who worked with Shaun on Love Fest 2013’s “What About Romance?”, is co-writing. Neel J. Patel, a photographer, is trying his hand at cinematography this time around. John Mangia, whose work can be seen in Beasts of the Southern Wild and The Amazing Spider-Man, will provide his visual effects expertise.
Shaun Seneviratne’s short film “How Will We Cross the Seas?”
What Inspired the Idea for Your Film?
SS: From the get-go we knew we wanted to play around with a time travel concept that wasn’t science fiction. We also wanted to do something less plot-oriented and more impressionistic. Here are many ideas that influenced the film: memory time travel, Steve Reich’s phasing, eternalism, immortality, closed and open loops, the writings of Jorge Luis Borges (specifically “The Aleph”), nature, Kate Chopin’s The Awakening, and a poem written by Christine Kecher called “Mercy”.
CK: Initially, it was inspired by a poem I wrote. I was also very interested in two articles I read – one was about scientists recently discovered that giving blood from a young mouse to an old mouse can make the old mouse’s heart almost “brand new” again, and one about how scientists believe that in the near future we may be able to “download” ourselves and live forever as androids.
What is Your Favorite Time Travel Film?
SS: 2046, Certified Copy, Last Year at Marienbad
JM: Back to the Future
CK: Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Groundhog Day, Terminator 2: Judgement Day
Films by Shaun