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18-Year-Old Man Interviews Himself 38 Years In The Future

By Hanssie on November 13th 2015

If you could travel to the future and ask your older self questions, what would they be? Conversely, if you were to meet your younger self, what would they think of you? In this interesting video, voiceover artist and improv comedian Peter “Stoney” Emshwiller, began a project when he was 18-years-old. With the help of his filmmaker father in 1977, he filmed the first portion of the video in a one-sided interview intended for his future self.



Now 56 years old, Stoney has now completed the second half of this time travel video where he interacts, responds to, and gives advice to his younger, idealistic self. After avoiding it for years (thirty-eight years, to be exact), Stoney now “faces” his scruffy teenage alter ego. They argue, they joke with each other, they even have some poignant moments – it’s actually quite well done. Stoney’s father, Ed Emshwiller, made sure that the first half of the video was full of close-ups, wide shots, two shots with one person, over-the-shoulder foreground shots and more to create a realistic, interview-like atmosphere.

A recent health scare (happily a false alarm) made me realize I ain’t gonna live forever, and that it’s time to finish this project,” Stoney writes. “So I’m finally going to (gulp) face my younger self and record the other half of the conversation. The final illusion should be a humorous, touching, sometimes combative, always revealing, totally impossible conversation between a bright-eyed teen and his own middle-aged self.

The video below is actually a clip of the footage Stoney has. He is raising funds for the project titled, “Later That Same Life,” to release the complete version. He’s already doubled his $10,000 goal and is aiming for his “stretch” goal of $25,000 in which he will digitally restore the original footage and make it into a feature film. You can support his project or read more about it here.

[Via Slate]

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Hanssie is a Southern California-based writer and sometimes portrait and wedding photographer. In her free time, she homeschools, works out, rescues dogs and works in marketing for SLR Lounge. She also blogs about her adventures and about fitness when she’s not sick of writing so much. Check out her work and her blog at Follow her on Instagram

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  1. Dave Haynie

    Very cool! Some of the magic tricks are pretty easy to imagine, but that doesn’t take away from the result.

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  2. Ralph Hightower

    Interesting. Considering the things I did as a kid, it’s amazing that I survived childhood, much less college.

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  3. Andy & Amii Kauth

    Would watch this as a film. Very cool project.

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