Movie Image

For the first image, I was required to construct an image that summarizes a movie or one of its main concepts visually. The movie I chose was “Her” (2013) and one of its main theme is the relationship between human and technology in the modern life as well as our need for intimacy and our yearning for romance and emotional connection with others. The story is about a guy who falls in love with an operating system, or simply with the voice in his phone. The movie is also about love and provides an insight into relationships in the digital, distracted age. The couple standing next to each other holding hands represents an intimate romantic relationship. Because the female is not an actual living person but an operating system, she is portrayed only with the body shape or identifying features. Her image is covered with binary code only. In the movie, the woman doesn’t have a body and everything audiences know about her is her voice only. However, as their love and desires grow, she desperately wants a body. That’s why in my image; I portray her with a body shape but not a face. The hand holding means more than just a physical touch. It means that even though they’re not in the same world, their love is real and their genuine feelings exist. The background with the streets and buildings represents the world they live in the slight future. Basically, I used Photoshop to merge the photo of Civic Theater and the photo of me and my friend then used some filters and especially the binary code to fill up the female’s figure. I had to make the light a little less bright and I used the glowing effects to emphasize the couple and make them stand out of the background. The dim background also represents a dreamy world where people fall in love. I also had to remove the text and the poster on the building behind as there’s no text allowed to appear in the image.

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