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The only survivor in a post-apocalyptic world is constantly looking for other forms of human life and answers to her questions.

15 – 20 | 2014 | Dystopia | Live-Action | Sci-Fi | USA | 2014

David Levy is one of the most important art directors around, and his curriculum includes films like Prometheus and Tron Legacy, and video games such as Assassin’s Creed. PLUG is his first work as a director – a 15-minute film that serves as a teaser for science fiction tv series that Levy has designed and is hoping to develop.

2088, three-quarters of the human population has been wiped out as a result of a nuclear war, and the survivors abandoned the planet. In this post-apocalyptic scenario, Leila Dawn is the only human still on the planet. The young girl was raised by robots who now inhabit the Earth, but she can’t forget his parents, and is always looking for other human lives. In the middle of an hunt that she’s pursuing along with a military unit,  she’ll find out that she’s been denied may facts about what really happened. This revelation will change her life and inspire her to further seek the truth.

Far from the science fiction that dominates the current market, PLUG moves away from the big, vfx-heavy productions. The story and  the narrative tony are reminiscent of may 70s and 80s films, such as Star Wars and Mad Max. The second part particularly relies on the Australian film – long chasings in the desert, the cars vaguely steampunk cars and costumes, everything seems to echo George Miller’s saga. Most of the set and the props are real, and digital post-production is kept to a minimum. Scenery and costumes are impeccable, and the post-apocalyptic atmosphere is rebuilt to perfection, Levy’s experience as a concept artist truly shows, and his direction is dynamic and precise.

PLUG is yet another “application” of the short film format. A short story that works perfectly on its own, but also a pitch for a possible television series that raises curiosity and makes the viewer want to know more.

Flavia Ferrucci

Flavia Ferrucci

Flavia Ferrucci

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