Friday Fictioneers – Progress

PHOTO PROMPT © Dale Rogerson

The curtain rose. She gave a gasp. The first time she’d seen live theatre, and her reaction was everything I’d hoped.

“Why isn’t it in colour?” she whispered.

I explained the play was about the old days, and things then were in black and white because colour hadn’t yet been invented.

“You know,” I said, “like in the old movies.”

As the crowd spilled out of the auditorium, she announced “I’m going to be an actor when I grow up.”

I didn’t have the heart to tell her it was all done by avatars now.


Friday fictioneers is a weekly challenge set by Rochelle Wisoff Fields to write a 100-word story in response to a photo prompt. You can find other stories here

83 thoughts on “Friday Fictioneers – Progress

  1. I remember this fear when CGI started being used that it would replace humans in films one day. It hasn’t come to pass yet, and I suspect it may never happen. There is still something innately ‘human’ that avatars have yet to master.

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  2. A future which is slowly becoming reality. And watching a “behind the scenes” programme the other day, I was shocked at the level of CGI, right down to what people were wearing in particular scenes…

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  3. We have robots already, thinking for us. Scarily true. My kids don’t even like black n white movies, but I remember not really wanting to watch a silent movie at all. Written crisp, ominously creative. Yes, 2025… I wonder🤔

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  4. The sad thing is that I’m old enough to understand your story. Well penned. I had a conversation with my 12yo daughter today because she had a bad day in computer class. She asked me if I did computer classes. I said yes, it was called typing class. Too funny. 🙂

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  5. This struck so many cords. I have a sister-in-law that WILL NOT watch black and white movies. She doesn’t know what she’s missing. I love them for all the little nuances of shadow and light. Nooooo! No avatars! Well done.

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  6. I love this line, “I explained the play was about the old days, and things then were in black and white because colour hadn’t yet been invented.” I’ve said something similar. Great twist at the end, too.

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