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THE SHAMAN is a sci-fi short film bursting from the seams with cinematic spectacle.

Set in the year 2204, the short tells the dark story of a world devastated by 73 years of continuous war.

In midst of war, a spiritual dogma is rediscovered centering on the belief that everyone and every object has a soul.

A sect of mystics known as shamans have the ability to spirituality enter a “Netherworld” where they can affect the souls of people or objects.

During the war, shamans use their powers to cross into the Netherworld to convert the souls of the enemy’s massive war machines.

Danny Shaylar as The Shaman

The short centers on a shaman (Danny Shaylar) who is attempting to subvert the soul of a war machine threatening his people. Unfortunately, he is wrestling with a tragic secret from his past - one the enemy is aware of.

When he attempts to conquer the soul of the machine, he discovers his foe is prepared and waiting.

Bottom line: THE SHAMAN looks as though a Hollywood studio spent millions to create the latest sci-fi blockbuster.

In just under 17 minutes, you are given a passport to an outrageously realized world where skyscrapper-tall, A.I.-controlled, mobile machines wage an incessant war on humanity.

Writer and director Marco Kalantari deserves the too-often-used moniker visionary.

Every element of production, including the cast, production design, visual effects, sound design, and musical score fuse together to create a remarkable sci-fi short film enormously ambitious in scale and scope.

The short was released online in 2015 and frankly, it boggles my mind as to why some Hollywood studio, network, or major streaming platform has yet to snap up this short film for further development.

I know I want to know more about this intriguing world and the people caught up in its dramatic conflict.

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TRACY BUCKLES is a six-episode fantasy web series best described as Harry Potter with a sharp comedic and adult edge.

Written and directed by Robin Nyström, the web series follows its titular young protagonist on her quest to free herself from a curse cast by a dark mage (Macie Wilson). The potent curse allows her to be seen, but not heard.

The only person who can hear her is a young man called No One (Sergio Gavidia) who also has been cursed by the same dark mage to be heard, but not seen.

Realizing their peculiar conditions make them perfect allies, Tracy and No One seek the help of an inept wizard - think Dumbledore sans the competence - named Waxel (Gale McNeeley) and his longsuffering wife Lucinda (Rosh Wright).

However, Tracy (Ana Lake) is NOT your typical fantasy heroine.

She is a foul-mouthed, weed-smoking, aspiring actress. She is also fearless, possesses an indomitable spirit, and is keenly empathetic - which are her true magical powers.

Lake is a revelation as Tracy. Her acting chops take a role that could come off as extremely abrasive and instead creates a nuanced portrayal of a young woman overcoming adversity while coming into her own.

The supporting cast acquits themselves very well, too. Gavidia and Lake have sparkling chemistry as two people who become the best of friends through shared suffering.

Gale McNeely has a charming absent-minded professor vibe he brings to the role of the bungling wizard Waxel. Rosh Wright completes the series’ comedic alchemy as Waxel’s critical, but loving, spouse.

TRACY BUCKLES is an apt analogy for those who have ever felt unseen and unheard, as well as the triumphant feeling that comes when one finds their unique voice and place in the world.

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In the striking fantasy short THE WATER PHOENIX, a mermaid fights for her freedom after being betrayed by the one she loves.

Written, directed by, and starring Bola Ogun, the short follows a captured mermaid named Anya, who is on public display in an aquarium.

It soon is revealed the marine biologist (Joseph Dixon) who found her is reneging on his promise to set her free.

With the aquarium's owner planning to transfer her to Japan, Anya takes matters into her own hands to gain her freedom and return to the sea.

Ogun's aquatic fantasy is a remarkable short film for many reasons, but chief among them is it centers a Black woman as an iconic mythical creature.

Frankly, it is still annoying that well into the 21st century, nuanced onscreen representations of Black people in fantasy remain ridiculously inadequate - when present at all.

Pictured right: Bola Ogun as Anya

Fortunately, independent fantasy projects like the web series AVANT-GUARDIANS and THE WATER PHOENIX are helping to expand these representations by telling compelling narratives centering Black women.

Due to Ogun's clever writing, the short is also a keen metaphor for how women become trapped in controlling relationships, as well as the triumph experienced when they take their power back.

Technically, THE WATER PHOENIX also boasts dazzling underwater cinematography and visual effects.

Finally, the short heralds the arrival of an exciting new voice in filmmaking.

Dive into THE WATER PHOENIX here...

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The horror short BLACKWOOD opens, ironically, on the outdoor set of a horror film shoot.

After the film’s shooting wraps for the day, the production’s sound recordist Nikki (Danielle Butlin) decides to linger to record birdsong, wind, and other ambient forest sounds.

After traveling deep inside the forest, Nikki captures the sound of something… strange. Drawn to the eerie sound, she soon finds herself caught in a terrifying encounter.

Written and directed by Australian filmmaker Andrew Montague, an atmosphere of unrelenting tension is created by making the short film’s brilliant sound design and captivating cinematography the driving force of the narrative.

The Eden-like woodland Nikki explores instantly transforms into a foreboding glade by the introduction of the unearthly sound.

Danielle Butlin completes this horror mini-masterpiece with her outstanding performance as Nikki.

There is not much spoken dialogue in the short. Its formidable chill factor is compounded as a result of Butlin’s convincing verbal and non-verbal reactions to the dread and horror of her circumstance.

After watching BLACKWOOD, you will think twice before your next excursion into the woods.

Watch BLACKWOOD in its entirety below (Wearing headphones is strongly recommended!)…

Blackwood - Horror - Short Film - YouTube

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The Worst Planet On Earth is a quirky, sci-fi comedy short film from new British filmmakers Joe and Lloyd Stas, and executive produced by Sam Raimi (Spider-Man trilogy) and Debbie Liebling (South Park, Dodgeball).

The short follows Penny (Olivia Newton), an astronaut who is trapped on earth in the distant future after all of humanity has gone extinct.

With only an inept wizard named Cola (Michael Muyunda) as her companion, Penny goes on a quest filled with zany misadventure as she attempts to find a way back to her time.

The Worst Planet On Earth is a lighthearted farce which is spiritual kin to the comedy surrealism of Monty Python. It also serves as a madcap alternative to the profusion of dystopian and post-apocalyptic narratives popular in the genre.

Watch The Worst Planet On Earth Here…

The Stas brothers also have a cool production blog with special behind-the-scenes bonus materials via their HOLOMAX production banner.

If you need a break from all the dismal post-apocalyptic-dystopian dramas, take an excursion to The Worst Planet On Earth.

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THE COURIER is a sci-fi short film that is a straight-up adventure story. Hot popcorn not included.

Written and directed by Courtney Jones, the short depicts a near future where global overpopulation is at a tipping point.

When a viral pandemic takes the lives of tens of millions, Globalceutical, the world's largest pharmaceutical company, tells the world the virus is naturally occurring.

That is a lie.

Globalceutical is responsible for the release of the virus, intending to address overpopulation by “thinning the herd.”

When Globalceutical scientist Dr. Samantha Bell (Catharine Pilafas a.k.a. Catharine E. Jones, Longmire) discovers the origin of the virus, she creates a cure intending to release it to the public.

However, her powerful employer will stop at nothing to retain the antivirus.

Enter Lee King (Reno Wilson, Mike & Molly), a courier who is just minutes away from ending his shift and going on vacation.

While fleeing deadly pursuers, Dr. Bell hires Lee to transport the antivirus to the authorities - making him a target.

Knowing the fate of the world is at stake, Lee bravely evades the Globalceutical agents in a daring chase across the city.

THE COURIER excels at what it is - an unabashed sci-fi action adventure story.

In many ways, it borrows its narrative template from many of the iconic action films of the 1980s: a reluctant hero recruited to foil a nefarious criminal scheme.

Reno Wilson is sensational as the main protagonist. He possesses the charisma, presence, and physicality necessary to carry action films.

As his performance in this short film will attest, Hollywood is missing an enormous opportunity by not casting Wilson in leading man roles.

THE COURIER is a very enjoyable sci-fi action adventure story. So grab some popcorn and enjoy.

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What if you could discover the exact moment and manner of your death?

Meet Jade, the young woman who can tell you.

Created, written, directed by Erin Good and produced by Taylor Litton-Strain, JADE OF DEATH is a six-episode dark fantasy web series introducing the titular Jade (Bernie Van Tiel), a woman with the supernatural gift to foretell the exact moment and manner of death of anyone she meets.

Haunted by her past and isolated by her powers, Jade takes refuge in her job as a fortune teller for a nighttime carnival.

There, she finds solace through her friendship with co-worker George (Yoshi Hausler) and the emergence of a tender romance with fellow carnival denizen Maya (Jordan Cowan).

However, Jade's reverie shatters after she encounters Wilkins (Nikolas Hope), a sinister figure who knows about Jade's gift - and who possesses dark powers of his own.

Wilkins represents malevolent forces who want to use Jude because of her gift. They soon discover underestimating her is a mistake.

JADE OF DEATH introduces to the genre of dark fantasy a new feminist and lesbian heroine in a class all her own.

Move out of the way, Buffy.

Van Tiel is a revelation as Jade. Her textured and nuanced performance conveys emotional vulnerability underscored by keen intelligence and steely independence.

JADE OF DEATH is an alluring and chilling fantasy-noir with a mesmerizing protagonist who deserves a prominent spot among the most memorable heroines of the genre.

Watch the official season one trailer…

Jade of Death | Official Trailer I Season 1 - YouTube

The complete six-episode first season is now available on the official YouTube channel of the series.

Additional note: the first season ends on a cliffhanger. My fingers are crossed that we see more of Jade - and I’ll bet yours will be, too.

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The sci-fi short film AERANGER begins with a spaceship crashing into the side of a mountain.

The only survivor is Kallelle (Bobbie Breckenridge), an elfish-like being.

Critically wounded, Kallelle desperately searches for and retrieves a precious piece of cargo from the ship's wreckage.

This cargo is vital to Kallelle completing a mysterious mission of enormous importance to her people.

Watch AERANGER here…

SCI-FI SHORT FILM "AERANGER" PRESENTED BY CREATE SCI-FI - YouTube

AERANGER is the latest project by filmmaker Anthony Ferraro, whose award-winning sci-fi comedy web series GALACTIC GALAXY is a favorite we covered here on The 7th Matrix.

With AERANGER, Ferraro changes tones and creates a compelling, straight-up sci-fi adventure.

This story about a wounded ranger who is determined to succeed in her mission out of love for her family and her people is resonant and brimming with emotional sophistication.

Breckenridge laces her affecting performance as Kallelle with steely determination and aching vulnerability. As a viewer, you become immediately invested in her.

AERANGER is gorgeous. Its scenic setting serves as another character in the story.

Written, produced, and directed by Ferraro, the filmmaker is also responsible for the visual effects and props.

This impressive multi-tasking is a testament to Ferraro's skill as a filmmaker and deep love for the genre.

I would be remiss if I did not call out this micro-budgeted short's terrific production and costume design, special effects makeup, and music score, which all combine to give AERANGER a polish comparable to projects with much larger budgets.

Incidentally, Ferraro shares his filmmaking techniques and experiences on his CREATE SCI-FI YouTube channel. There, he covers the filmmaking process from scriptwriting to providing advice on crowdfunding.

Aspiring filmmakers - or anyone interested in the filmmaking process - should check out the treasure trove of information contained in Ferraro's extensive video tutorials.

AERANGER is a solid, straightforward sci-fi adventure story with a beating heart.

Listen to our interview with AERANGER writer, producer, and director Anthony Ferraro on our EYE ON SCI-FI podcast!

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Sometimes we are late to the party.

With so many sci-fi short gems floating out in the ether, we occasionally discover one years after its initial release.

But better late than never is our unofficial motto and the sci-fi short ODESSA, by writer-director Cidney Hue, possesses an evergreen charm.

The short chronicles the last night on earth for astronaut Shannon (Cat Walleck). She is about to embark on a historic space flight to a nearby exoplanet scientists believe is capable of sustaining life.

The journey to the exoplanet will take 67. 5 years each way. Shannon will be placed in suspended animation on the trip to and from the exoplanet. It also means she will be returning to an earth drastically changed and bereft of everyone she knows.

Desiring a quiet and contemplative last night on earth, Shannon has a very awkward meeting with a stranger (Ken Fuller) at a local bar, resulting in a the pair experiencing a mini-odyssey on the streets of New York City. Their adventure reveals the inexorable power and magic of human connection.

Oh yeah, there is also a great nod to The Wizard Of Oz apropos to the theme of the short.

ODESSA is gorgeously shot and beautifully acted with an emotional intelligence highlighted by the adroit writing and direction of Cidney Hue.

Watch ODESSA here…

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What if you could not trust the person you love most in the world?

This disturbing premise powers the sci-fi short film CHAMELEON.

Based on the novel by late author Colin Harvey, CHAMELEON is set several months after aliens have invaded the earth.

In their battle with these hostile extraterrestrials, the military discovers the aliens have the ability to impersonate human beings.

After a top army officer (James C. Burns) is captured by the aliens and then mysteriously reappears several weeks later, his distraught wife (Lucy Rayner) is brought in to verify his identity.

Is he who he says he is?

Adapted for the screen and directed by Sam Lemberg, CHAMELEON creates taut drama with a running time clocking in at just under six minutes.

Watch and enjoy CHAMELEON here…

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