Short of the Week

C: 299,792 km/s

The story of Lieutenant Commander Malleck, and her radical act of mutiny aboard the KESTROS IV. With the help of her co-conspirators, she attempts to harness this weapon of mass destruction for a grand new purpose.

If you ignore that the film has a completely unmemorizable name, you will come to accept that C: 299,792 km/s is a film perfectly suited to the internet’s tastes. A paean to classic sci-fi of a less aggressive, more intellectual age, the film is a gorgeous labor of love that nails its retro feel in both look and story.

Birthed from successful Kickstarter campaign, the New York filmmakers caused a stir in sci-fi circles by proposing to create a film in the old-fashioned way—no CGI, no greenscreen—just impressive sets, models, and cool in-camera tricks. Armed with designs and tests, they raised over $37,000, which was more than twice their ask.

Now that the film has arrived, we see that money was put to good use. The film is lovely to watch, as the excessive colored lights, smoke, and unnatural sound design, are all perfectly modulated to make the childhood geek in you squeal. The touchstones are not just in production however. Though sci-fi has become pop culture, geeks used to be be known for loving science as well, not just explosions. Interspliced with the main action occurring on the film’s timeline, is a series of cutaways from a fake science program that owes its demeanor to classic Carl Sagan TV shows. More than a gimmick or a mere infusion of extra nostalgia, these segments foreshadow the film’s conclusion, develop the character logic and undergird the essential optimism of the piece.

The film’s production will get the most glowing praise, but elevating the retro nature of the film above simply look—via a cold-war standoff that is likewise from yesteryear, and astute references to speculative sci-fi of days gone by—makes C 299 792 kms, more than simply a great tribute to the genre’s past, but a great film in its own right.

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Co-Founder of Short of the Week, Sondhi lives in Brooklyn working as a Curator for Vimeo. Follow his musings on online video, direct distribution and branded content: @jasondhi.
  • Brendon

    what.

  • http://www.facebook.com/fitocasella Fito Casella

    absolutely loved it!

  • James Hodgkinson

    Great concept – couldn’t help but be really distracted by the almost robot-like acting :(

  • 4th comment

    i’m against these high technics stuff movies + lenght of time 15min. in this genre at least as a film lover.it’s against the nature of good!please don’t make movies in short genre.this is not short movie.

  • Griff

    holy cow.
    Godawful.

  • Anonymous

    terrible

  • http://www.facebook.com/jasondhi Jason Sondhi

    Rather surprised by the response to this one, I’ll fight for this, I think its brilliant.

  • John

    Fantastic! That’s one of the most refreshing short films I’ve ever seen. Nice job incorporating Carl Sagan. Keep it up

  • John

    Fantastic! That’s one of the most refreshing short films I’ve ever seen. Nice job incorporating Carl Sagan. Keep it up

  • John

    Fantastic! That’s one of the most refreshing short films I’ve ever seen. Nice job incorporating Carl Sagan. Keep it up

  • DinoFluo

    The visual concept (a little cheesy) mix with the retro scifi music is really good. The acting… not so much.

  • stripey

    I don’t see the problem. Sure the acting is a bit dire. Soundtrack is superb, and if you don’t like it, fine. Your preference. Visual effects are well composed, and it tries to tell a story, a part of a story, in a reasonably short space of time. A great attempt at crafting something beautiful.

  • Christopher Randall

    People, didn’t you at all read the premise and the concept behind this piece of art. It is intended to be an homage to the days of old and thus the “acting” is supposed to be a bit cheesy and stiff.

    Please re-read it and then re-watch it in a new light.

    As for the filmmakers, I can not begin to imagine the beauty the future holds for you. This score accompanied the film in such a way as to qualify, quantify and clarify the quarks of the space time continuum. This will become the soundtrack to my life. Thank you.

  • any_other_name

    A wonderful film that paid homage to classics of the genre and still managed to be a fresh little take on an older idea. I smiled all the way through this one.

  • Anonymous

    Loved it…and soundtrack is so so so spot on!

  • Nate Maldonado

    very nice!

  • Vincent Smith

    That was delightful!