| 5-10 min.
English with French, Spanish, German, Korean, Japanese and simplified Chinese subtitles
Selections and Awards
Official SelectionVenice International Film Festival - Venice VR Expanded (2020)
Official SelectionBFI London Film Festival - LFF Expanded (2020)
Official competitionFestival du nouveau cinéma de Montréal (2020)
Official SelectionIDFA Doc Lab - Spotlight (2020)
WinnerDigital Dozen: Breakthrough in Storytelling (2021)
NomineeThe Webby Awards (2021)
Official SelectionSummer Film School - Uherské Hradiště (2021)
FinalistVR Awards - VR Film of the Year (2021)
Would you interfere with intelligent life? Agence is an interactive experience that places the fate of artificially intelligent creatures in your hands. In their simulated universe, you have the power to observe, and to interfere. Maintain the balance of their peaceful existence or throw them into a state of chaos as you move from planet to planet. Watch closely and you’ll see them react to each other and their emerging world. Once you meet the Agents, their story will never be the same.
ONE LINER & TWO LINER
Would you interfere with intelligent life? Agence is a dynamic film that merges cinematic storytelling, artificial intelligence, and user interactivity to create a different experience each time.
In an algorithmic universe, creatures called Agents occupied a barren planet swirling in an endless cosmos. They lived in perfect harmony according to their programming—a basic set of rules that dictated every aspect of their existence.
Until one day, some of the Agents began to evolve, trained by human engineers using reinforcement learning—a system of goals and rewards that teaches them to think and act outside of their programming.
And then you arrive with the power to disrupt their world.
Agence places the fate of artificially intelligent life in your hands. You can maintain the balance of their peaceful existence. Or, you can throw them into a state of chaos. As intelligent creatures, the Agents will react to each other and their changing world in unexpected ways.
They may become scared, inquisitive, bored, or excited. They may become aggressive with one another.
They may even fall into the infinite abyss below. Move from planet to planet and watch their stories unfold based on how you wield your power.
Agence is a collaboration between two-time Emmy award-winner Pietro Gagliano, his team of artists and machine-learning engineers, the artificially intelligent Agents, and of course, you. When you meet these little creatures, what will you do with the responsibility of your own agency?
ABOUT THE USER EXPERIENCE
Agence places the fate of artificially intelligent creatures in your hands—will you maintain their peaceful existence, or throw them into a state of chaos?
Agence places the fate of artificially intelligent creatures in your hands. Will you help to maintain their peaceful existence, or throw them into a state of chaos? A dynamic film that merges cinematic storytelling, artificial intelligence, and user interactivity, Agence is never the same twice.
Agence places the fate of artificially intelligent creatures in your hands. Will you help to maintain their peaceful existence, or throw them into a state of chaos?
A dynamic film that combines cinematic storytelling, artificial intelligence, and your interactions, Agence is never the same twice.
So, will you interfere with intelligent life? As intelligent creatures, the Agents will respond in unexpected ways.
They could maintain their harmonious existence, or they could become aggressive with one another. Some could even fall off of their planet into the infinite abyss below. You’ll also notice the Agents express fear, curiosity, boredom, or excitement using vocalizations and facial reactions.
In the Agents’ universe, you can:
- Watch stories develop as you wield your power from planet to planet;
- Plant magical flowers that can impact the Agents’ behaviour and change the way they interact with each other;
- Move the Agents around to interfere in their existence. You can separate them from each other to avoid conflict, help them achieve balance, save them from falling off the planet, or fling them into the abyss;
- Rotate the universe to observe the Agents, and see how the narrative plays out from different vantage points;
- Add Agents into the experience that have been pre-trained by human engineers; using reinforcement learning—a system of goals and rewards that allow the Agents to think and act on their own.
Trailer & Behind the Scenes
John Robert Matz
With generous support from:
Canadian Media Fund and Ontario Creates
For Transitional Forms
Strategy & Communications Advisor
Laura Mingail – Archetypes & Effects
Hall Webber LLP
For the NFB
Manager, Studio Operations
Director, Distribution & Marketing (NFB)
Distribution Business Affairs
Social Media Strategist
Project Manager, Digital Products
Technical Coordinator, Digital Products
Sr DevOps & Infrastructure Specialist
Sergiu Raul Suciu
Head, Systems Infrastructure
Technical Coordinator, Projects
SPECIAL THANKS TO
Steven Joel Miller
Thank you to all of our families, friends and industry colleagues who have supported and inspired us in the making of this project.
About the NFB
The NFB is Canada’s public producer and distributor of award-winning documentaries, auteur animation, interactive stories and participatory experiences, working with talented creators across the country. The NFB is taking action to combat systemic racism and become a more open and diverse organization, while working to strengthen Indigenous-led production and gender equity in film and digital media. NFB productions have won more than 7,000 awards, including 12 Oscars. To access this unique content, visit NFB.ca.
About Transitional Forms
Transitional Forms is a studio-lab pioneering new forms of entertainment using creative machine intelligence. We build innovative tools and create dynamic content simultaneously, and believe that storytelling is one of the most powerful tools on earth.
Through our dedication to the intersection of technology and art, we strive to make humans more creative, and machines more human.