In the last few months, if not the last few days, there has been a trend about sci-fi short films with dystopian set-ups involving social media and new technologies. (see at the end of the article for couple of links)
I have become a bit wary about the genre, especially since I’ve watched the Black Mirror trilogy that covers so much of the subject with such finesse.
But there is always a but.
[Plurality] takes place in 2023 NYC, where the WTC1/Freedom Tower houses THE GRID, a city-wide system that tracks all of your movements to reduce crime. The film confronts the issues of privacy and surveillance for the sake of safety.
As you might have noticed, I am a sci-fi buff so if you email me your sci-fi movie, chances are I will check it out, but that doesn’t mean it will make it to the site.
Plurality is longer than what I usually like shorts to be (14 min) and it shares (consciously or unconsciously) strong similarities with Philip K. Dick’s Minority Report, with a modern spin to it. As you can guess though, if I am writing about it, it is that I found it worth watching and sharing.
What clearly makes Plurality stands out from the other shorts for me is its impressive amount of VFX, locations and cast members. While watching it I couldn’t help but wondering with what means did this movie happen? The story is ambitious in that it required a lot of visual work to be believable, and Liu and his team made it happen.
I asked Dennis if he would share a bit about his experience and he kindly did. Watch Plurality below and discover afterwards what Dennis Liu has to say about his directing experience:
(make sure to watch it in HD!)
(It is worth noticing than yesterday, Plurality had a bit over 7 000 views and that this number has quadruple since then. (27,330 as I write this line.))
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