Short Film Profile

The Reality Clock

An elderly watchmaker struggles to accept the influence of early stage Dementia on his identity and sense of time. After confusing a simple memory evaluation, The Reality Comprehension Clock Test, he misplaces his favorite pocket watch. As he embarks on a journey for the missing watch, memories overlap with present reality, distorting his sense of time and place.

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The Reality Clock was shot in full stereoscopic 3D, using stop-motion animation, live-action and time-lapse photography to further immerse the viewer in the internal experience of the character. The animated materials emphasize layers of narrative metaphor. The watchmaker sees himself as both photographic memory and puppet, while the landscapes morph through media and season.

The Reality Clock was inspired by Amanda's conversations with patients as a hospice volunteer, and by her personal experience caring for a loved family member who was physically ill. The film poetically references tests and dialog drawn from autobiographical works written by individuals with Dementia, while delicately expressing broader themes of loss. Through contemplating who the raw essence of a person is when stripped bare of new memories and rational clarity, The Reality Clock searches for a sense of beauty and equanimity amidst the confusion of loss.




Copyright © 2011 University of Southern California

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Previous screenings

29 Oct – 5 Nov | Savannah, United States
25 Sep – 29 Sep | Gjirokastra, Albania

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