I Hope They Remember My Name
Genre: Short Narrative
Location: Toronto, Ontario Canada
Adult language or content
Q&A with PATRICK WEIERS
Cast & Crew
DIRECTOR/WRITER/PRODUCER/EDITOR Patrick Weiers
KEY CAST Patrick Weiers, Sivan Aharon
Struggling with depression, a famous vlogger travels to Asia and documents his search for dopamine.
I Hope They Remember My Name is a short film inspired by the consumption patterns of today’s saturated media landscape.
Thematically, the film explores the opaqueness of our online lives and how it affects society’s mental health. Our media landscape is increasingly comprised of influencers, vloggers, and models that project flawless, indulgent, and blissful lifestyles. Engagement with this content puts tremendous pressure on the average viewer who greatly envies these lifestyles. The result is a widespread societal decrease in both self-confidence and motivation, as evidenced by the rise in mental health diagnoses, especially for young people.
The juxtaposition between the “picture perfect” lifestyle portrayed online and the pervasive struggle with mental health and stability raises the question of how genuinely happy content creators are beyond social media. They’re always the first to put on a smile because they want to be perceived as successful, stress-free, and happy. But success does not always equal happiness, and sometimes the absence of stress or pressure can inadvertently diminish motivation.
This film explores an online influencer’s psyche by diving deep into their struggle and mishandled treatment of clinical depression. Modern society has established numerous sources of motivation and pillars of contentment, yet many people around the world still struggle to find meaning regardless of how successful or perceivably happy they are.
Aesthetically, the inspiration was to create a film that was extremely unique in form. We continually engage with user-generated non-fiction content online, yet there’s been a lack of narrative content that explores this aesthetic. This film evolves the found-footage genre by establishing the camera operator as the most contemporary form of filmmaker - a vlogger.
While the average vlogging audience is accustomed to seeing a vlogger during stress-free and blissful moments, this found footage is a collection of the opposite. The audience gets to witness the missed takes, the melancholy moments, and the lonely hours that go into this enigmatic industry. This approach is driven by the protagonist’s motivation to vaguely document his struggles with depression while going through his daily routine of creating vlogs.
The result is a timely examination of mental health, contemporary entertainment, and the pursuit of meaning.