British Short Sci-Fi Drama COGNITION, Starring Andrew Scott & Jeremy Irvine, Available On Demand October 30


“Sometimes the most dangerous journey is to the centre of your own mind…..”

Today TALASH VIDEO CENTRE and DIGITAL BOULEVARD, in association with China House Arts and Twelve Corner Productions, reveal the trailer for the upcoming British sci-fi short COGNITION, starring Andrew Scott (1917, Fleabag, Spectre) and Jeremy Irvine (War Horse, Treadstone, The Railway Man).

Produced and Directed by Ravi Ajit Chopra, COGNITION is a short dystopian sci-fi drama / thriller about a son confronting his past trauma. Journeying through the symbolic landscape of the subconscious mind, the story follows an unbreakable bond between father and son…. A bond that transcends SPACE AND TIME…..

Filmed on location at the iconic Battersea Power Station, COGNITION was the last film to be shot at the Grade II* listed building during the huge redevelopment. Filming was made possible with support from various BBC departments and use of their BBC News helicopter for breathtaking aerial shots, including a stunning orchestral score from the BBC’s 55 Piece Concert Orchestra, recorded at Air Studios in London.

Rising Composer Samuel Karl Bohn composed the film score, renowned Production Designers Universal Creations (Star Wars, Guardians of the Galaxy) built key sets and props. Emmy award winning Supervising Sound Editor Stuart McCowan and his team produced a searing atmospheric soundtrack at Twickenham Film Studios with a Dolby Atmos print at Abbey Road Studios. Various VFX companies including Emmy winning Peerless, Territory Studios and Foundry helped to complete the 350 Visual Effects shots. Technicolor worked on the film from an early stage for a period of a year, and provided their visual wizardry on invisible VFX, grading and finish.

Director and producer Ravi Ajit Chopra said: “Cognition is a very personal film for me, I have always been fascinated with the inner workings of the mind, and what it means to confront your trauma / demons and follow your dreams….. I hope the audience will enjoy coming on this psychological rollercoaster ride.”

COGNITION will premiere at Archlight Cinema at the Battersea Power Station on 9th October 2020 and will have the rare privilege for a short to have a cinema release for two weeks. COGNITION will also be available On Demand on 30th October 2020 via Apple iTunes, Amazon and Google Play.


Planet Vega, a breathtaking world of unparalleled beauty…

10-year old Abner dreams of nothing more than exploring the entire universe as he gazes up at Vega’s majestic Twilight sky. But those dreams are far from realistic – He and his father Elias live a humble, nomadic lifestyle on the endless desert-scapes of Vega.

But miles away there is another Vega, a state controlled Vega, separate from the colonies. A Vega that is home only to an Elite class to have built a technological Empire that is unexcelled in the universe. This is a world Elias fears, a world he has kept Secret from Abner all these years. But he can only shepherd his son for so long…

This uncompromising short Sci-Fi drama fuses two distant worlds in a hallucinogenic roller-coaster ride through the darkest chasms of the mind.

Run time: 27 minutes


EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: Ravi Ajit Chopra, Michael R. Demmerle, Michael Wood, Zhe Zhang, Colin Goudie, Zein Kurdi, John Lesand, Patrick Spreng, Adom Frempong, Andrew Masanto, Rob Van Den Bragt, David Sheldon Hicks
STARRING: Andrew Scott, Jeremy Irvine, Lucy Russell, Wolf Kahler, Milo Panni, Georgia Sandle, Prince Gaius Osi, Damola Onadeko, Ramesh Lard, Ben Mansell
MUSIC BY: Samuel Karl Bohn
SCORE RECORDED BY: BBC Concert Orchestra (at Air Studios) CINEMATOGRAPHY: Simon Rowling
PRODUCTION DESIGNERS: Nicola Park (Universal Creations), Felix Coles

The making of this short film has been a labour of love for the team involved, as demonstrated in this two-minute featurette about Ravi’s family video shop “Talash Video Centre” and about the making of the film:


For more information visit:

For more information on seeing the film at Archlight Cinema visit:


Ravi Ajit Chopra has been working in the TV and Film Industry for over 18 years as a Producer, Director and Editor. He has worked in a variety of roles in Films, TV and Commercials production. His most enjoyable experience was garnered at BBC, where he worked for 8 years at BBC Films Producing / Directing promotional & behind the scenes material for over 40 productions. His passion for films started at the tender age of six at his family’s video shop in the Midlands, called ‘The Talash Video Centre’.

The Talash Video Centre is a film company named after Ravi’s family video rental shop in the midlands. Set-up by his father in the 1980’s who had a passion for films, VHS rentals were available for a variety of films: Bollywood, Hollywood, Hong Kong & World Cinema. The company has been set-up to primarily Produce Drama and Film projects. Co-Producers Digital Boulevard are a Digital Online filmmaking agency, that produce Short Films, Commercials and Videos for Online consumption and multi-platform audiences worldwide. Both companies are based in London.