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The end of evolution awaits in a wasteland dominated by bizarre trash formations, dust and rock. From the scattered remains of a long forgotten culture an electric ecosystem rapidly evolves into the ultimate form of existence…

The mechanical life form Ohm inhabits a bleak and devastated planet. The thousands of mechanical creatures of this world share a single cycle of energy. In this cycle, Ohm is a rogue element. His nature is to devour and absorb others. When one day a gargantuan foreign object appears in the skies. Drawn in by mysterious creatures of light, the Ohm tracks them across the planet, changing the known order of matter, time and space.

Directed by Eva Franz and Andy Goralczyk this extraordinary animated short film fuses high-end CGI and photographic images, miniature sets and traditional stop-motion puppet animation.

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Here’s a brand new short from producer Bruce Timm featuring a lost tale from Batman’s past, the Dark Knight tracks a strange giant to the mysterious lair of Dr. Hugo Strange.

Don’t miss “Batman: Strange Days” and other unique DC Nation shorts Wednesday nights at 6:30 p.m. (5:30 CST) on Cartoon Network during Teen Titans Go!

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SHORT FILM: R.U.R.: Genesis

Czech writer Karel Čapek’s 1919 Play R.U.R. — which is about a hostile worker robot rebellion in the future year 1969 that leads to the extinction of the human race — is known for both its introduction of the word “robot” (R.U.R. was translated into English as “Rossum’s Universal Robots”) and also as insightful commentary into social class structure. R.U.R. is often cited as the influence for many science fiction novels that include robots.

More directly, it inspired filmmaker James Kerwin to make the film R.U.R.: Genesis, set in Čapek’s alt-history 1969, complete with ’60s styles and go-go dancers. Groovy, man.

The following serves as both a standalone short film and as a teaser for the forthcoming fill-length feature film.

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Short Film: Prospect

Via Paul Di Filippo comes the short film Prospect, the coming-of-age story of a teenage girl on a toxic alien planet. She and her father hunt for precious materials, aiming to strike it rich. When the father is attacked by a roving bandit, the daughter must take control.
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Short Film: Ark

Directed by Grzegorz Jonkajtys, Ark takes place after an unknown virus has destroyed almost the entire human population. Oblivious to the true nature of the disease, the only remaining survivors escape to the sea. In great ships, they set off in search of uninhabited land. So begins the exodus, led by one man…

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Sunday Short: Carn

Carn is a short, dark film by Jeff Le Bars in which a young boy gets lost in the wilderness and encounters a wolf…
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Here’s a decent fan film mashup that’s worth a look. It’s Batman vs. The Terminator by Tony Guerrero, Noir Deco, and Mitchell Hammond. The plot here is more teaser than story, but I like the animation style and I have to admit that the idea of the dark Knight fighting terminator is appealing.

But you decide…

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Short Fantasy Film: Sintel

Sintel is an excellent independently produced short fantasy film that was created using the free, open source 3D creation suite called Blender.

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Short Film: Unimagined Friends

Carl is an unimagined friend who wants to be imagined, but no one else seems to understand just how great a friend he would be.
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A filmmaker now exploring novel-writing and illustration, Darryl Knickrehm has 8 short films under his belt. In 2013, in addition to co-founding Waylines Magazine, Darryl was a finalist in The Illustrators of the Future. Twice. This year he is releasing the dystopian series, The Citizens of Oblivion. The first book, In Dreams, is out now, with the next installment, Sympathy for the Devil, set for March 3. For more information on other projects, check out dariru.com, his blog, or on twitter as @DarrylKnickrehm.

7 Reasons You Should Be Watching Short SciFi Films

by Darryl Knickrehm

In the past year, while selecting short films to screen at Waylines Magazine, I came across movies that wowed me, shocked me, and captured my imagination — films that were technically every bit as good as what is coming out of Hollywood. They featured invading aliens, fantastic bike chases, impossible numbers, and amazing battles. And they were all under twenty minutes.

The thing is, most people don’t even know they exist. Most people don’t even know of the world of short film. If you’re one of those people, you’ve got a universe of at your fingertips just waiting to be discovered.

Perfect for the fast paced life of the modern homo sapien, one can watch a short film during the commute to work, on a break, or at any other opportunity (hopefully not during work). They can feature production values that at one time only the big studios could afford. They can include visual effects so lifelike that it’s hard to determine what is real and what isn’t. They can be everything a big budget Hollywood film is, but in a bite-sized chuck we can fit into a break and onto that gizmo in the palm of our hands. And for us science fiction fans, there is a treasure trove out there waiting to be discovered.

So just where can we find some these micro cinematic gems? Here are 7 of the most interesting sci-fi short films I found in the past year.

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Short Film: Death Corporation

There’s nothing funny about death. Unless you make a silly animated short like Death Corporation, about a company that specializes in gruesome death. Here’s Episode 1, “The Strategy”.

Warning: Cartoon violence and strng language ahead…

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Short Film: The Flight

In Inbal Breda’s The Flight, two friends explore a city floating in the air, where their friendship is put to the test.

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Paul Reubens stars in this futuristic thriller where experimental technology allows two detectives to bring a murder victim back to life in a digital state in order to question him about his final moments.

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Short Epic Fantasy Film: Exordium

Are you in the mood for a gritty (and graphic) fantasy animation? Then check out Exordium, described thusly:

A group of warriors confront that which stands between them and the power to save their people in this rotoscoped animated fantasy short created by Morgan Galen King’s Gorgonaut studios. Starring Jon Tomlinson, and featuring music by Strand of Oaks, Ice Dragon, and Jonn Ollsin

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Short Film: Delivery

Here’s a very cool short film by Till Nowak. It’s about an old man who lives a lonely life under the dark shadows of industrial smog. One day he receives a mysterious package…

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Creepy Short Film: Operator

You think your job sucks…?
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Short Film: Saturday The 14th!

Here’s a short parody of horror films for a lazy Saturday…
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Short Fantasy Film: Song of the Knight

Here’s a short and cute fantasy film by Steven Ray for a lazy Sunday. I think Lynn Viehl came up with a much better name for this film when she titled her post “The Sword of Unimaginable Annoyance”.

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Broken Bells is the supergroup of Danger Mouse and The Shins’ James Mercer and for their 2nd album, the team has put together a short SciFi film to accompany their (mostly) instrumental music. The film depicts a romance that devlops between Kate Mara (House of Cards) and Anton Yelchin (Star Trek), who “appear to get swept away into some futuristic landscape, spaceship, and disco.”

Here are both videos stitched together through the magic of YouTube playlists.
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Short Film: Somewhere (2013)

Here’s a short film by Nicolas Ménard, who only provides this short descrition for the film: “Somewhere, our limbs lost in the distance.”
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