Mechs & Robots: if "Keloid" were a movie, Japan would buy tickets. Hint. Hint. (VIDEO)
With robots and mechs Japanese designers would love, and hints of a good story, Keloid is a cruel tease of a trailer. British newscasters, robots speaking Russian, all made by a Spanish effects studio; look, can someone, somewhere just go ahead and give these guys movie money already?
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Keloid: An Exercise in VFX (that totally needs to be a movie)
Seriously, in only 3 minutes of a trailer-like short film, Keloid delivers better VFX than most production-scale sci-fi, and the use of creepy analog and meatspace set elements is also 1st-rate. But not only is it shiny, here there are also hints of an original take on the whole AI rising up against humanity trope. We say make it.
And it can happen like that in these modern days; brief clips and faux trailers can actually serve as resumes and/or screenplay treatments. Abe, for example, a short film of lovelorn, murderous, robo-sociopathic soliloquy, got its creator Rob McClellan & team a proper production deal.
YouTube: the Post-Modern Automated Talent Agent
Make a cool trailer, do something funny, sing your heart out, put it up on the tubes - and then just, you know, see who finds it, see what happens - it’s nice that civilians can do this now, and it's good to keep some perspective on it as well, because: the overly idealistic, on one hand, like to give lofty talks on how technology has democratized creative arts; and on the other, the techno-pessimists gripe about the overabundance of choice muddling and convoluting the selection process.
As with all intellectually fascist ideals, both are a little wrong and a little right. Obviously, not just anyone can produce something like Keloid or Abe; there's like, equipment, software, oh and talent, too. Equally obvious, even among a stifling crowd of options, originality, creativity, and good storytelling do rise to the top.
And How does that work?
Uhhhh... well, one way is that respected tech sites with high levels of robogeekery share quality videos with people around the world, thereby granting a de-facto endorsement. We the keyboard pounders and YouTube embedders are a powerful, yet completely unorganized lobby encouraging votes in the form of views. And hey, if enough people go to the polls, in a few years we might have Russian robots on the big screen.
So here’s some copy - then have a watch:
“In a not too distant future, societies of all countries come to rely on an intricate network of artificial intelligence devices designed to bring efficacy to man's life. Yet, man continues to devour himself in useless wars. A strong political hierarchy now divides all powers into three factions, and A. I. devices rapidly gain ground as efficiency becomes a priority.”
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Images: Keloid, by Big Lazy Robot, AkihabaraNews.com