C: 299792 km/s
The story of IV Kestros's crew mutiny led by Commander Malleck
10 – 15 | 2013 | Outer Space | Sci-Fi | Special FX | USA
A carefully detailed tribute to classic science-fiction, whose strong point lies in its visual and narrative retro atmospheres. Funded through a Kickstarter campaign , “C” came up from filmmakers Derek Van Coder and Otto Stockmeier’s idea to make a CGI-less sci-fi film, combining the use of digital cameras with in-camera special effects , traditional sets , models and stop-motion . The short tributes the style of long-gone science fiction, standing halfway between Ed Wood’s C-movies , Star Trek and the more intellectual work of Stanley Kubrick. We follow the mutiny of a spaceship’s crew through neon lit, minimal-futuristic sets, in techinically impeccable homage to a film era that no longer exists . Video inserts of a fake 80s scientific television program echo the actions of the main characters in the story . More than just a gimmick or a simple nostalgia operation, these segments foreshadow the end of the movie , contextualize the characters and communicate the overall “optimistic” message of the film. The 80s sounds of the original score ar the finishing touch to an extremely refined product that goes beyond the mere retro-nostalgic excercise in style. C 299 792 km is not simply a great tribute to the past of the genre, but a great short film in its own right .
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