It’s exciting when you come across something new and fantastic – we see some things here at TIBS that are great in concept but not necessarily in execution. And it’s even better when one of the friends of our site, in this case Falling Skies alum Peter Shinkoda – is involved.
Today, a new short film called Hyperlight, from writer/director Nguyen-Anh Nguyen, debuted. You can see the 17-minute film below. There are only two characters, and very little dialogue, but this production doesn’t need anything more than that to impress. The film is supposed to be set toward the end of this century, after faster-than-light travel has been invented. Peter and co-star Jeananne Goossen are first seen floating, unconscious, through space in separate cryopods. My first question – how did they get there? – is somewhat answered in the film, but the story, spare as it is, tantalizes and teases the next question – who are they?
Much of the film’s excellent effects work was done in DaVinci Resolve, and this allowed Nguyen the “cold but colorful look” he was going for. You can see a detailed explanation of the technical work done in the film in a post-production video here. A VR experience is planned, but not yet available. And the set-up for the story can be seen here.
Writer/director Nguyen said, “Hyperlight encompasses a lot of the themes I’m most passionate about: the impact of technology on mankind, self-sacrifice and love. I’ve always kept an eye out for events that have the potential to reshape our world. From those, I imagined a narrative that not only captures our imagination but also makes us question humanity’s future. However, at its core, this is the story about the lengths to which one person will go to in order to save someone she loves, in the midsts of extraordinary circumstances.”