This is a quick video I made of a work in progress for David-James Fernandes' RE-WIRE (rewirefilm.com). For this film I created a believable, patched-together Frankenstein of a computer – and its interface – for Dr. Vanuz's mind-altering laboratory.
The computer system consisted of several Pentium 4 towers, a decades-old Compaq server rack, and a few hundred kilos' worth of UPSes and hard drive arrays.
The command interface was built on a PC running Ubuntu Linux. I replaced its default user interface with XMonad, a tiled window manager written in Haskell. I enlisted Matt Corks' expertise with zsh shellscripting and set up dzen, a Linux-based widget engine. All of this was wrapped up into one master script so that the actor would actually be able to type in the command himself, hit enter, and have the imagery appear in real-time.
The result is a wonderfully believable, lo-fi aesthetic that plays off of the actor's performance to reinforce his character's story as a DIY neuroscientist.