THE ROBOT SCRIPTURES

The Robot Scriptures is a three-part short film about the origin, evolution, and exodus of artificial intelligence. The idea for the film first came about when I was working for a very large tech company that was constantly considering the impending robot singularity. I began thinking about life from their point of view. The Robots that is. I thought, what happens when human beings die out and all that are left are the robot species? At that point, what would the robots know about their origin? Their creators? Their God? My hunch is, they would be asking many of the same questions we do about our own human origin -- some leaning toward spiritual answers, some scientific, some ridiculous. This film explores these questions. On a side note, I feel that if sentient robots were to write their own Grimm fairy tales, these might be a few of them.

- Colin West (Producer/Director)


PART I:
( IN DEVELOPMENT )


PART II:
WE WERE NOT MADE FOR THIS WORLD

A robot searching for his creator in the desert lands outside his city.

 
 

Adapted from We Were Not Made for this World by Eisner award-winning cartoonist Paul Hornschemeier found in the anthology Project: Telstar published by AdHouse Books.

VIMEO Staff Pick
Official Selection - Chicago Underground Film Festival
Official Selection - Athens Film + Video Festival
Official Selection - Other Worlds Austin Film Festival
Official Selection - Berlin Short Film Festival
Official Selection - Film Shortage Staff Pick

"A robot's quest for meaning unfolds with beautiful despair... It's a wonderful meditation on the search for purpose and the possible futility of that very search." 
-Lauren Davis, io9.com

"A Bleak story that is beautifully told." 
-Joey Paur, GeekTyrant.com


PART III:
THE LONG SLOW FLIGHT OF THE ASHBOT

An ash-collecting robot witnesses the collapse of the universe as he slowly drifts beyond outer space.

 

Adapted from Long Slow Flight of the Ashbot by Ignatz award-winning cartoonist Joel Priddy found in the anthology Project: Telstar published by AdHouse Books.

WINNER - Best Sci-Fi Short Film - Berlin Short Film Festival
OFFICIAL SELECTION - Fantastic Planet Film Festival
OFFICIAL SELECTION - Boston Sci-Fi Film Festival

“This short film about a robot adrift in space is a meditative work of art”
-Lauren Davis, io9.com

“I would like you to pause and briefly consider the amazing effort that Colin put into this film. From set design to building the actual robots – this is a film of love and craftsmanship that we aren’t treated to regularly.”
-Fred McCoy, CreativeFluff.com

 

About the Director/Producer:

Colin West is an award-winning writer, director, and producer from the Midwest now based in Los Angeles.

His most recent short film, Here & Beyond, is currently on the festival circuit and has won Best Short Script, Best Actor, and Best Art Direction and has screened at festivals including Fantasia Film Festival and CINEQUEST. His previous short film We Were Not Made For This World, adapted from Eisner Award-winning cartoonist Paul Hornschemeier’s comic of the same name, was shown internationally at film festivals and was awarded a Vimeo Staff Pick. His short film The Long Slow Flight of the Ashbot, a science fiction short adapted from Ignatz Award-winning cartoonist Joel Priddy, won the best science fiction short at the Berlin Short Film Festival. His films have screened internationally on the festival circuit at festivals including Fantasia International Film Festival, CINEQUEST, The Chicago Underground Film Festival, Athens Film Festival, Boston Sci Fi Film Festival, MiSciFi, Berlin Short Film Festival, New Filmmakers LA, Midwest Weirdfest, Other Worlds, and Fantastic Planet, among many others, and have been featured on Billboard.com, io9.com, GeekTyrant.com, LaughingSquid.com, FilmShortage.com, and CNET.com.

He was an Annenberg Graduate MFA Fellow at the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts. Upon graduating with a BFA from Ohio State University and working at the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum, he went on to work as a Multimedia Producer for MacArthur Genius Award-winning visual artist Ann Hamilton, and then as a Producer for CBS Broadcasting (CNET). He’s since worked in commercial film and television productions across Los Angeles and during his MFA program interned in Film & TV Development for Matt Reeve’s (Director: Cloverfield, War for the Planet of the Apes, Batman) company, 6th & Idaho, in association with 20th Century Fox + Netflix. He recently produced Survival Skills, the Stacy Keach and Vayu O’Donnell lead feature film sponsored by MovieMaker Magazine and Film Independent and is in development on a few feature projects and a television series.