Short of the Week

New Media

We’ve been attacked again—only this time it’s our own fault.

Following the undeniable success of Alive in Joburg and Panic Attack, the science fiction short has become somewhat of an online phenomenon in recent times. With the aforementioned films clocking up millions upon millions of views between them and both leading to feature films deals backed by Hollywood directors (Peter Jackson & Sam Raimi), there seems to be no better genre for announcing your entrance into the world of film.

The latest slice of sci-fi to invade our screens is NEWMEDIA, a thoughtful short from Argentina looking at an invasion of a different kind, one that is our own fault. The similarities to Alive in Joburg and Panic Attack are evident early on; an urban landscape taken over by alien bodies, expertly crafted in detailed CGI. Where comparisons to the films of Blomkamp and Alvarez were always likely, NEWMEDIA has enough flair and intrigue within its brief duration to make it stand out in the over-saturated world of CGI shorts.

With echoes of H.G.Wells legendary science fiction novel War of the Worlds coursing through it’s veins and an underlying message on how society consumes media, there’s certainly no ignoring this measured short. It may lack the initial awe inspired by the originality of Alive in Joburg or the impact of the frantic assault in Panic Attack, but Motion Lights’ captivating NEWMEDIA is not only beautifully suited for online viewing, its dark ominous tone is sure to linger in your headspace, floating around for some time after.

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  • florisita

    France Televisions- MFP

    26 rue Oradour sur Glane

    75015 Paris

    Mobile : 00 33 6 50 44 59 23

    phone number: 00 33 1 56 22 81 66

    Fax number : 00 33 1 56 22 75 73

    Dear Sir,

    I’m a researcher for France Televisions. France televisions
    is the french public TV company.

    Because the 21st of December is the shortest day of the year
    France Televisions decided to do a special programm with short films about the
    end of the world.

    The programm will be broadcasted on channel, France 4, which
    is one of France Televisions channel that day.

    This day is a special day in France, a lot of places and channels will show short films.

    I’m sending you this email because we selected your short
    films “NewMedia” for our special programm.

    I would like to know if you agree we put on air your short
    films on channel France 4 on the 21st of December.

    France 4 is the smallest channel of France Televisions so
    our budget is not enormous. However I can propose you 100€ per minute.

    I will need a good quality of your short film as soon as
    possible because we will start the editing next week.

    You can send me your
    short film on a digital tape or by digital file.

    If you send me a
    digital file our standards are :

    - Quicktime
    prores 422,IMX 50 or 30, Xdcam 50 (Avid codecs).

    - Resolution :
    720/576 anamorph, 1024/576, 1280/720 or hd 1920/1080 25 images secondes.

    Then, I will send you the
    contract and after reading it you will send it back to me signed.

    For futher information don’t hesitate to contact me by email
    or by phone. You can also send me your phone number and I will phone you.

    Could you let me know as soon as you can ?

    Best Regards,

    Florinette Kamga


  • Adrian

    Meh. No story.