Modern Times: A Space Odyssey

Tired of the latest government leaks? Not interested in surfing the live feeds on solitaryconfinementroulette? Maybe a quick trip to the Moon, and the largest silver screen in the solar system, is in order. This short, from UK-based art director BC2010 and colleagues, is a shockingly slick science fiction short. The scenario it dramatizes seems glimmering and superficial, but there’s a depth behind all that sheen (the slacker astro-projectionist is reading Jerome Agel’s Making of Kubrick’s 2001—in paperback! Not iPad!).

Although “Modern Times” claims to have been made with “no money, just a little time and a lot of passion,” it’s clear that this group has the firepower to get it done. See the “making of” reel, where we discover that it’s all a confection of green screens and wire frames. As the actor walks into the projection booth, he shimmers translucently, illustrating a border we’ve crossed: in these new film worlds, it’s the human beings who are the simulations.

[via Core77]

One comment

  1. Interesting little film! The nod to 2001: A Space Odyssey is rather nice … although as someone who has a REAL paperback copy of The Making of Kubrick’s 2001 (Jerome Agel, ed.), I should not that the guy in the film seems to be reading a, ahem, LATER edition (in hardback).

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