The Creation of “Entangled”: Employing the Filmic Narrative to Explain the Differences between Classical and Quantum Mechanics
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The principles of quantum mechanics have begun to supplant those of classical mechanics in scientists' attempts to understand the universe. Sharing this new quantum worldview with the public is imperative to promoting a common understanding of the underpinnings of the reality we function in and struggle to navigate. Where the complexity of the math involved in interpreting particle physics has estranged a larger community of thinkers, this project intends to cultivate this larger community by utilizing video entertainment, art and story instead of math to explain the basic principles of quantum mechanics, and the fundamental differences between quantum and classical mechanics. The fairy tale format has historically demonstrated its ability to provide the creative flexibility and educational structure necessary to capture the emotional investment of, and impart knowledge to, a diversely aged audience. However, to create a filmic narrative with the educational goal of explaining high physics without math, three questions require attention. Firstly, how can a storyteller explain scientific phenomena that occur abstractly? This question leads to the next: How can the qualities of fiction film be exploited to beget an understanding of quantum mechanics without allowing the field's mathematical parameters to impair necessary developments in the narrative toward a powerful resolution relevant to a human audience? And finally, are slight discrepancies, such as in the over-simplification of complex probability equations, ethical in a fiction film advertising itself as scientifically accurate? Answering these three questions through scholastic investigation led me to the conception of the short film “Entangled,” which takes quantum mechanical principles and weaves them metaphorically into a fairytale animation with a cultural and historical familiarity.