Short Films – The short (5:27) science fiction film “Explorers” was published on YouTube in October of 2017 by DUST. The Synopsis:
A short film which shows an idealistic look at the future of space travel, seen from the perspective of those who dare to venture into the unknown.
The film was made by Rob McLellan as a tribute to the science fiction films of his youth and to those real life pioneers that inspire it. This was a solo project of his completed in six weeks (in his spare time) and produced entirely in Unreal Engine 4.
I thought that this was a very enjoyable and well done animated film. It is a film that might be of use in stimulating kids to have an interest in STEM, especially space science.
Short Films – Star Wars – The short (13:30) Star Wars fan film “Turncoat” was published to YouTube in August of 2017 by Optio Productions. The synopsis:
On a distant planet in the Outer Rim, a group of Jedi track down what they believe to be a traitor to the Jedi Order. Their mission, to deal with the conspirator with whatever means necessary.
I thought that this was a pretty good Star Wars fan film. It had well choreographed light saber fight scenes.
Short Films – The short (7:48) science Fiction film “Hybrids” was published on YouTube in December 2015 by The CGBros. The synopsis:
In the wake of an alien infestation, an ex-special forces soldier’s daughter is killed in an alien attack. Seeking revenge, she leads a team deep into alien territory to a quarantined lab. Soon, she discovers the aliens aren’t alien at all, but a failed government experiment to create a bio-hybrid soldier. She must then expose the governments cover-up and save the last standing city in the quarantined zone from falling.
I enjoyed this very well done short film.
Short Films – The short (12:40) science fiction film “Next Door” was published to YouTube in August of 2017 by DUST. The synopsis:
Nevin has lived a safe simple life, despite the dystopia that surrounds him, but will his fixation on the sexy dangerous girl next door lead him out of his comfort zone?
A well done but strange film. Nevin lives in a odd, antiseptic world all of his own. Around him though is a dystopian environment controlled by martial law. The beautiful girl next door tries to draw him into a conspiracy against those in control.
Short Films – The short (10:17) science fiction film “Waltz for One” was published to YouTube in August of 2017 by DUST. The synopsis:
A lone astronaut on an endurance mission is forced to cope with an intrusive force which threatens to derail the operation.
During the space race of the 1960’s, the Soviets and Americans were at each other’s throats, vying for a foothold in galactic exploration. Simultaneous to the superpower’s struggle, a wealthy eccentric by the name of Arthur Whitman set out to search for his own stellar glory. His self-financed voyage would see him try to break the record for the longest single-manned space mission, and remain in orbit for 1 week.
This is a story of one man’s struggle against the forces of nature, and the more powerful forces that lay within his own psyche.
The film was originally released in 2012 in 49th commemoration of the longest solo space flight in history. That flight was made by Russian Valery Bykovsky who spent nearly five days in orbit. While I don’t think this is one of the better science fiction films, it does show what might happen with a prolonged isolation.
Short films – The short (8:28) post apocalypse science fiction film “Isolation” was published to YouTube in May of 2017 by iharrup. The synopsis:
Two female soldiers from opposing armies, stranded on a deserted space colony, face the dire effects of isolation. This is the story of how they met…
The film is a little dark, but it is well done and interesting. I would like to see more on their story.
Short Films – The short (4:59) science fiction film “Good Business” was published on YouTube in July of 2017 by Ray Sullivan (@directedbyray). The synopsis:
Humans are selling weapons to aliens on a far off world. The hope is that the locals will kill each other off making colonization easier.
This was an interesting film though not a positive look at humanity.
Short Films – The short (5:41) science fiction film “Rise” was published to YouTube in August of 2016 by DUST. The synopsis:
It’s us or them.
This is the dark conclusion that humans have reached in David Karlak’s short film “Rise.” In the near future, robots have developed advanced emotional sophistication and their human creators don’t like it. What should have been a simple and violent extermination of artificial life proves harder when a captured robot demonstrates that the human aggressors are biting off more than they can chew.
Another very well done film from DUST. Picking 2017 as the date when the first sentient robot appears is . . . optimistic to say the least.
Short Films – This short (16:24) science fiction film was published on YouTube in November of 2014 by The CGBros. The synopsis:
On a post-apocalyptic Earth, Leila Dawn (Natalie Floyd), is the only human survivor. Raised by Robots after humanity abandoned the planet they destroyed with nuclear warfare, Leila cannot forget her parents nor ignore her yearning to find other organic life. A hunt she sets out on with a Military Unit, Marker (Lex Cassar), leads Leila to discover the reality she’s been denied—a reality that sparks her ultimate quest.
This film is well done and certainly gives you a taste of a much bigger story. This is actually the first 15 minutes of a science fiction TV series proposed by director David Levy.
Short Films – The short (4:57) animated science fiction film “No – A” was published on YouTube in August of 2016 by DUST. The synopsis:
A battle of massive machines. Bullets ricocheting, metal mashing, glass shattering, buildings crumbling. Stuck right in the middle of chaos with no explanation. But no explanation is needed. Liam Murphy’s No-A communicates everything we need to know about its main characters through wordless action. The end result is an empathetic and poignant short fueled by a robot’s love for its creator and its willingness to pay the ultimate sacrifice to save this girl from harm.
This is sell done animation with a short and simple story.