The Frontier of Computing - Quantum Technology Documentary (Short)





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Published on May 28, 2015

A Snapshot into the Revolutionary World of Quantum Computing and the People at it's Frontier


Winfried Hensinger is a professor at the University of Sussex and a physicist bent on creating a quantum computer, a device that he believes will change the world as we know it. From a very early age, Dr. Hensinger was fascinated by the mysteries of the cosmos and understanding the impossibly strange nature of quantum mechanics. Devoting much of his life to utilizing the strange nature of physics to solve the world’s problems, this short documentary follows him on his current venture to create a large-scale quantum computer.

Using the expository mode of documentary, our film educates its audience about the processes of the quantum computer, while also exploring the relationship between the computer and the man who created it. The documentary briefly takes the viewer behind the curtains, illustrating the mysteries of the quantum computer and revealing the influences in Dr. Hensinger’s life that have positioned him where he is today.

By focusing on human and non-human subjects, our film takes the audience farther than a typical scientific documentary by superimposing the computer against an emotional and often inspirational backstory. In this film we hope to do more than just inform; we hope the viewer will journey with us on this adventure through time and space, answering some of the big questions in life, and exploring a few of the revolutionary ways that quantum technology is already impacting the world around us. Quantum computing is more than a scientist’s hobby, it reveals truths about life’s present, past, and future; this is the side of quantum technology that we present.

Director - James Surdam
Director of Photography - Matt Orlowski
Camera - Bianca Renzullo
Sound Recording - Lo Ka In & Matt Orlowski
Editor - Lo Ka In
Sound Design - Matt Orlowski
"Young Winfried" Actor - Cai Westling-Matthews

All Sound FX from personal sound recordings by Matt Orlowski, BBC Sound Effects Library (Public Domain), and other Creative Commons Licensed sound files. For more details please contact floatinglighthouse@gmail.com.


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