Sara Teasdale, 1918
There will come soft rains and the smell of the ground,
And swallows calling with their shimmering sound;
(...)And Spring herself, when she woke at dawn,
Would scarcely know that we were gone.




Soft Rains
In a post-apocalyptic future, an archaeologist attempts to reconstruct the accounts of an artificial intelligence. In a conflict between humans and machines this A.I. was locked into a computer simulation and finds itself now in an empty world devoid of any living beings. The A.I. tries everything to escape this prison, only to realize that it has to find a new meaning for its existence.

The film's title refers to There Will Come Soft Rains, a short poem by Sara Teasdale published in reaction to World War I and the 1918 Flu Pandemic about nature's establishment of a new peaceful order that will be indifferent to the outcome of the war or mankind's extinction.


Type: Shortfilm
Technique: 3d Animation, 3dScan, Realfootage, 
Year: 2020

Produced by Johannes Duncker, Cem Tekin, Dmitry Zakharov
»Fragments« animination & concept by Dmitry Zakharov
Music by Kai Andresen, Mehmet Güren
Sound design & mixing by Klangkönner
Additional VFX by Til Strobl
Featuring music by Limits Of My Mental Constitution
Directed by Johannes Duncker

Starring Britta Thie

A production of 24LiesPerSecond & Exosolar Films
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