While I personally detested the Sylvester Stalone movie Demolition Man, I found the core concept of a cryogenic prison in which prisoners are reformed through a subliminal re-education program to be very intriguing. “IMMERSION” takes that concept of rehabilitating prisoners virtually and punches it up in a short film that merges the technical premises of The Matrix with the narrative of the Outer Limits episode “The Sentence.” The result is a very brief but intense viewing experience.
The short was written & directed by Raphael Rogers, with cinematography by Brendan Uegama. Astonishingly, all of the film’s visual effects were accomplished by the pair through the use of After Effects. Check out the behind the scenes video below.
“Immersion has taken the population by storm. Initially created as a virtual gaming platform more enticing than the real world, the simulations have become so convincing that criminals are now being treated as patients inside virtual reality. Pairing the worlds of Immersion with nanotechnology has unlocked the key to modifying brain behavior. We can now cure a murderer, heal an addict. But change can happen both ways.”