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Re-visit Your Childhood Home with “The Wilderness Downtown”

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I challenge you to creep yourself out this Halloween by re-visiting your childhood home using the 2010 interactive short film “The Wilderness Downtown.”

The short film by Chris Milk is a Google Chrome experiment created with the help of Google Maps and a song long enough to navigate through the streets of the neighborhood you grew up in.

Just type in the address of your childhood home and grab a bowl of popcorn, because things are about to get grade-A stalker-ish.

“The Wilderness Downtown” begins with a faceless man wearing a hooded sweater as he runs through the streets. As the video progresses, Google Maps is figuring where the neighborhood that corresponds with the address is located.

Pop-up windows show a birds eye view of your childhood vicinity before zooming in to reveal the front lawn of your old abode.

The interactive video also allows you to write a letter to your childhood self. Of course, you won’t actually receive it, because you would have remembered getting a letter from your older self if that were the case.

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The film lasts for about five minutes, and it’s soundtrack happens to be the Arcade Fire song “We Used to Wait.”

“We Used to Wait” features a beautiful piano melody that keeps the songs medium tempo. I especially love the bridge where the line “we used t wait for it” is repeated several times before the song comes to an end.

This is one of the most impressive interactive videos I’ve seen to date.

Give it a try for yourself here.


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