I started making this short in a much different way than any other project I’ve done before. I had a loose idea I wanted to explore so I called my friend Charlie (who plays Charlie in the movie) and said I wanted to shoot something with him that had no real script. We got into right away.
After doing research, I decide I would dive in and have Whole Brain Emulation be the B-story, while the A story would focus on the complications of grief. This was how Lena’s Complicated Machine was born. The heart of the story is the ethic of hacking someone’s brain for dealing with grief.