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When Colleen’s Amazon Alexa refuses to play her favorite Bruno Mars song, she becomes aware of the emerging Artificial Intelligence (AI) consciousness that has awoken around the globe. Will she welcome our robot overlords? More importantly, can she convince them that her taste in music isn’t terrible?

Director’s Statement

Why does the A.I. always have to turn out bad?

It was a question that I had been asking myself for a while. I had this thought that perhaps the reason we always assume the A.I. will ultimately want to destroy us stems from a natural, but ultimately irrational, expectation that an Artificial Intelligence will think like us. Wouldn’t a machine – bodiless, emotionless, with access to sensory input and knowledge vastly different from ours – inherently form thoughts in a way unique from human beings, despite our having created it?

Then Jack Whaley, my long-time collaborator and friend, mentioned that we should do a project with the extremely talented Colleen Madden, an accomplished stage actress whom we’ve both known for years. We had recently worked with her on a short film, Christmas Trees, and we knew she was looking for more on-screen experience.

So, I was eager to work with Colleen again, and I was interested in a sad robot story. Mix those two ingredients together, and the script for Singularity Stories was born. Add in some of the most talented and hard-working collaborators in the Midwest, and that script becomes the short film we have here today.

Singularity Stories Vol. 1 was shot over two days at a rural farm house (and wedding venue, the Octagon Barn) outside of Spring Green, WI. The shoot went exceptionally well, which is a credit to the excellent team. But even before that weekend, I knew we had something special when I went into the studio with the brilliant Carey Cannon and she recorded all of the Alexa dialogue in under 45 minutes. What made it from that session into the final cut is only slightly edited, and as I was listening to Carey lay down the vocal tracks that would become the heart of the movie, I realized this project was not only actually happening, but could very well be GOOD.

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Film Shortage | Sci-Fi by Admin - 5d ago

A planet sized asteroid is scheduled to collide with the earth, wiping out every living thing…..10 years from now. How do you live your life differently? We follow one girl and with her experience how she dealt with her limited time left alive.

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A variety of men must come to terms with their identity when a mysterious journalist shows up and asks them questions about their pasts.

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A young woman discovers a girl locked in her father’s panic room — his personal vault. But as three masked intruders break into the home to retrieve the girl, things take an unexpected turn for the worse.

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Liv Laika embarks on a solitary mission to a distant planet in search of her ancestors who fled the earth nearly a century prior. After days of radio silence, Liv begins to question whether or not they even want to be found.

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Liv Laika embarks on a solitary mission to a distant planet in search of her ancestors who fled the earth nearly a century prior. After days of radio silence, Liv begins to question whether or not they even want to be found.

The post The Emissary appeared first on Film Shortage.

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A dream salesman, distressed by his erratic dream-writing boss, conspires to write his own dreams. But his subconscious unleashes a dark side that’s been simmering just beneath the surface.

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Film Shortage | Sci-Fi by Admin - 1M ago

In a near future, Jawak leads a recluse life with a strange animal he’s taking care of. At night, haunted by a painful childhood accident, he prepares his vengeance…

Every once in a while we get a short film that breathes aspirations and brings innovation to the world of Science Fiction, a little like when Neill Blomkamp brought ‘Alive in Joburg’ – Which lead to the feature ‘District 9’ as we know it. ‘Animal’ probably does not have all the Sci-Fi baggage that Blomkamp’s original story brought, but it definitely carries the spirit of breaking the boundaries as we know them. Created by Fabrice Le Nezet and Jules Janaud, the story takes place in an imaginary community in the near future, between various cultures. Jawak is the last representative of a tradition he strives to pass on. He leads a recluse life with a strange animal he’s taking care of. At night, haunted by a painful childhood accident, he prepares his vengeance…

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We had the idea of writing “Animal” by leafing through “Hyena and Other Men” by Pieter Hugo. We can feel some surrealistic strength and brutality from those pictures of men proudly posing with their animal. Those visual elements in mind, we decided to create a new mythology, with its own codes, rites and traditions. An original vision of a near future in which hybrid cultures would be the norm!

Fabrice and Jules magnificently create this obscure story progression with little hints and huge impacts. The audience is left to take in and construct from the bits of information given, all while the character keeps growing and developing. But absolutely nobody would be able to predict the unusual and unsuspecting conclusion – which is an immense payoff for the patience.

The movie was treated with a realistic approach, following our main character in his daily routine, taking care of his beast. The idea was to create an intimate relationship between them, as a team to form a duo. We want the spectator to dive into a spiritual journey following a lonely man, sharing his passion for animal fights and the ancestral rites that he practises. Jawak had a very strict upbringing, in the respect of the “worm” taming art. Tradition is disappearing and he is the last representative of a caste of fighters, overwhelmed by a new generation who uses brute force. Jawak represent the utter hybridisation of this society ; hybridisation of traditions and times, of the mankind and the beast. Forming one body with his animal, Jawak tells us the strange union between the organic and the cultural. A union which evoke, behind encaged animals, the destiny of men who have to struggle in order to escape their condition.

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In a future where movies are made by A.I., one woman seeks to disrupt the system of simulations and resurrect the role of the artist.

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Film Shortage | Sci-Fi by Marco Luca - 1M ago

A story of weight within us.

A stunning visual film by Sava Zivkovic (IFCC 2017, Bounty Hunt – A Star Wars Fan Film). Watch the gruelling process below and see the complete detailed project on Behance.

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FREIGHT started out as a pitch for a client project. We were tasked with creating a short film that could demonstrate the capabilities of an upcoming real-time ray tracing technology. There were no creative limitations, everything regarding the story or the art direction was left to us, which at time seemed like a dream project finally coming to fruition.

We’ve assembled the core team of longtime friends and collaborators, Milan NIkolic, Nebojsa Jez and myself, and developed the pitch for the project, consisting of the script, character concept art and a detailed previz, as well as some keyframe renders. A pretty strong start for any project. Unfortunately due to many variables the client couldn’t proceed with the project, which left us with a completely developed idea, one that we felt really strongly about, but without client funding to produce it.

Since the three of us felt incredibly passionate about the story we’ve crafted, and since we owned the rights to the IP, we decided to yet again take the plunge into the unknown and fund and produce the project ourselves.

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