The Mystery of "Golem"

Artists Patrick McCue and Tobias Weisner turn to LightWave to animate the short story “GOLEM XIV” of “Imaginary Magnitude” by Stanislaw Lem

Posted: Wed 28 May 2014

Film by Patrick Mccue & Tobias Wiesner

The movie is based on the short story “GOLEM XIV” of “Imaginary Magnitude” by Stanislaw Lem from 1973.

The book is written from the perspective of a military A.I. computer who obtains consciousness, moving towards personal technological singularity with growing intelligence.
It starts to refuse military support because it detects a basic lacking of internal logical consistency of war.

GOLEM gives several lectures with focus on mankind's position in the process of evolution and the possible biological and intellectual future of humanity before it ceases communication.
The movie tells about the first point of its "about man threefold" lecture as a reduced and simplified version while visually weaving this with GOLEM simulating human culture processes based on ideas and dynamics of freedom and curiosity, fear and security, abstraction and fiction, the lack of accessibility in face of unknowing and the need for generating meaning.
The whole creative intention about this project is to face your own process in this world with reflection and self responsibility, to stay curious and create, look for new ideas and stay keen.


Voice - Cyrena Dunbar
Music - Cliff Martinez (original composition for GOLEM)
Sound Design - Gavin Little/
Title Design - Melanie Lukhaup/ luftmasche
Content Support - Dr. Michael Cursio

Basic production information

- Started as a thesis in Film& Animation of the Design course at the GSO Academy Nuremberg, Germany in 2009, degree 2010
- More than one year of research and concept development (near full time)
- Producing pictures and sound over 2.5 years (spare time only)
- Software used:  Lightwave (FPrime, Kray), Nuke, Aftereffects, Trapcode Particular2 (excessively)
- Privately funded
- Mostly rendered at

Selection of Awards, Screenings, Publications

- Rising Star Award 2013, Cananda International Film festival
- Audience Award, Creative Arts Film Festival
- Bronze Award, Bassawards, International Awards of Broadcast Design
- 3 Nominees for Van d’Or Independent Film Awards 2012, London
- Official Selection, Phoenix Film Festival 2013
- Official Selection, Pausefest 2012
- Publication on Stash 98
- Publication on IdN motion Channel v20n3