A trip and a fall down memory lane

“The Hardest Part” is from Washed Out’s new album “Notes From a Quiet Life” out June 28th.

This is the first official commissioned music video collaboration between a music artist and filmmaker made with OpenAI’s Sora video model.

Moving on is the hardest part. This video is about learning to let go of a loved one and dreaming of them after they are gone. But memories are subjective, distorted mirrors of reality. For this, I leaned into the hallucinations and Sora’s dream logic to explore memories that never existed. I was interested in the surreal qualities unique to Sora / AI that differentiate it from reality, the space between canny and uncanny, the strange details, the dream-like logic of movement that better represents this distorted mirror of memories.