It’s not often you get to see CGI modelling of this quality done with such a strong conceptual element. In this piece by talented director and artist Robert Mans, we observe an alternate kind of invasion that places us in a day-in-the-life of a highly-efficient life-seeding robotic organism. The use of imagery in the film of insect-like wings, mandibles and thorns is extremely effective, at times feeling like the trippy sci-fi of The Fountain and other moments smacking of a scary DARPA demonstration video. I wish more mainstream sci-fi films were this inventive and thought-provoking.
Directed by: Robert Mans (link)
I’ve been keeping a close eye on Neill Blomkamp and I’ve only just found this four year old short made back in 2010. Mimicking a corporate promotional film, it shows the ‘future in law enforcement’ on the streets of a South African city. The flawlessly executed CGI we were wowed by in ‘Distict 9’ (and to a lesser extent in ‘Elysium’) is right here – the future is here, unassuming and integrated. It’s a little terrifying, very political and really cool.
Similar to ‘Alive in Joburg’, it’s also slated for a full-feature length adaptation as Chappie in early 2015.
Directed by Neill Blomkamp
A live performance, created using projectors and robots (there may also be a human in there somewhere). An interesting exploration on the connection between worlds both digital and real.
BOX from SOUNDSRED on Vimeo.
Created by: Bot & Dolly
Fantastic animated short about a robot uprising. An incredible achievement for it’s sole creator.
R´ha [short movie] from Kaleb Lechowski on Vimeo.
Directed by: Kaleb Lechowski
I’m a sucker for anything mecha, and this is no exception. Sensual robots, milk (for some reason), and making out between said robots. I’m sure there is a deeper sub-text here but… robots!
Directed by: Chris Cunningham
Why all sci-fi isn’t up to this level, I don’t know. I immediately felt the characters coming through, the interaction appeared effortless.
Directed by Aaron Sims
Released: Jan 2012