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eXistenZ

Rob Pilichowski, Cuppa Coffee Animation Inc. (1999)

eXistenZ is a signature David Cronenberg movie. A recurring theme in most of his movies is the merger between the human body and technology. Existenz is a sci-fi thriller that takes place in the near future where the border between virtual reality -a game world in this case- and the real world is blurred. People install bio-ports in their lower back which allows them to connect to game worlds through a direct connection to their central nervous system.

Existenz (stills)

The movie opens with white titles against a black background. A beam of light illuminates what looks like several layers of organic textures sliding over one another – a poetic visual metaphor for the simultaneous existence of multiple realities.

The imagery is almost abstract, resembling space photos of the earth’s surface or extreme close-ups of organic material. Occasionaly, a clear image appears and fades away. A human spine, a fishbone. Cuppacoffee‘s main title design evokes an overall feeling of mystery and suspense.

Year of production

1999

About Rob Pilichowski

Born in Gdansk, Poland, Rob Pilichowski currently resides in Toronto, Canada and takes on freelance projects around the globe.

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Full credits

Executive Producer (titles)
Adam Shaheen
Title designer
Rob Pilichowski, Cuppacoffee
Assistant Designer
Margaret Lee
Producer (titles)
Marlene Schmidt
Compositor
John Coldrick, AXYZ
(Source for credits: British Film Institute)
Director (film)
David Cronenberg

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