These days, Michel Gondry is into numbers. For his latest film project, the “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind” filmmaker is using truncated running times to explore familiar concepts, especially his trademark affection for whimsical and surreal romances. Alongside his brother Olivier, the pair have now crafted six brand-new “micro-short” films built on the concept that the human attention span has now dropped to just 8.2 seconds (supposedly, the shortest ever), but that doesn’t mean there isn’t still time to find love.
“8.2 seconds is the attention span of a new generation,” Michel Gondry said in an official statement. “This is the time to fall in love. This is the length of our movies. It’s a bold concept.” Of their filmmaking process, brother Olivier added, “I like to work touch by touch, making things better each time we add something new. This time, it would be Michel’s touch then my touch, then Michel’s, then mine and so on.”
The shorts are all set in Las Vegas and their plots run the gamut from a honeymoon gone awry to a gambling excursion gone very awry, to a pair of best friends seeing each other in a new light and a hotel pool playing home to some wild visitors.
Each film was shot at the Park MGM in Las Vegas, and features work by esteemed creatives like costume designer Chanel Gibbons (Remy Ma, Demi Lovato, Zara Larsson music videos), production designer Annie Sperling (Gwen Stefani music videos), director of photography Adam Newport-Berra (HAIM, Chance the Rapper, Jay-Z and Andra Day music videos), visual effects supervisor Jean-Marc Demmer (“mother!,” “I, Tonya,” “Stranger Things”), and composer-duo Ari Balouzian + Ryan Hope (Gucci, Prada, and Coca Cola video content).
You can check out all six films below, available exclusively on IndieWire before their official launch, along with exclusive posters for each in the gallery above.
“It Is Decidedly So”
“The Big Eight”
“Night of the Scorpio”
“No Ordinary August”