Short of the Week

From the Future with Love

Squads of privatized police officers from various corporations walk the streets of New York, selling overpriced protection plans to citizens.

Coming off like a showreel for an old school Paul Verhoeven sci-fi epic, K-Michel Parandi’s From the Future with Love is a satirical jump into future dystopia—a world where society’s policemen only provide protection if you’ve paid for it. It’s a fantastic premise, and fortunately, the short strings together a series of vignettes that really explore it in compelling ways. Ultimately, the movie’s allegorical sci-fi roots aren’t subtle, but really they’re not meant to be. This is a showpiece for great, gritty science fiction ideas, bolstered by top-notch production design and impressive visual effects.

Sci-fi proof of concept shorts are relatively ubiquitous now on the internet (we’ve covered a fair share on Short of the Week). And, like the ones that walked before it, From the Future with Love definitely feels like a teaser for a larger project rather than a fully contained film. However, you have to admire Parandi’s incredible sense of world building. Each little snippet adds more layers to a smartly conceived future society, from high-tech user interfaces to “brain jacking” technology. It’s all familiar without being too cliché, the visuals combining an 80’s science fiction aesthetic with more modern visual tropes. If Robocop and Dick Tracy had a baby, this film would be their illegitimate lovechild—a gangster thriller set in the future. Really, it’s film noir dazzled up with high-tech screens and gizmos . More importantly, this is a teaser that actually teases—I want to see more, and I honestly feel that there is enough content here to support an increased scope (shorts of a similar ilk don’t normally feel this substantial).

A self described mythology engineer, director K-Michel Parandi aims to bring his vision to a larger medium, as this film, shot in New York City last year, is clearly just the beginning. As its fragmented nature suggests, From the Future with Love wasn’t first conceived as a short film, but rather as a very low-budget web series. As the director relates, “Cutting this into a short was not my original intention. That idea came from a meeting I had with someone from the Ridley Scott Agency. I had mentioned that I wanted to create a short from the pieces I just shot but that I couldn’t find the time. I was then strongly encouraged to do it. Now I truly owe this person. There are several more scenes that I wanted to shoot (including a scene where we follow an officer through a futuristic precinct) but time and budget constraints forced me to channel my ideas more selectively. It all happened very fast.”

Fast is definitely the operative word. Currently, Parandi has received an offer from a major studio to write and direct a full-length motion picture. But, that’s not all. He’s also been approached by a major TV network and a video game publisher to bring his original story to different mediums. With so many creative options lining up at Parandi’s door, the path forward is somewhat unclear. As Parandi relates, “We can’t sign with everyone, so we need to make a decision. Ultimately it comes down to selecting the partner that will allow the most creative control. My instinct is to push towards the motion picture, with a video game developed as a sidequel, and hopefully the TV series would come later or on the top, assuming I manage to showcase the full potential of this world.”

Us consumers just need to patient—we’ll be seeing Parandi’s world expanded (in some form or another) very soon. After all, the future is often closer than we might think.

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Ivan is a filmmaker, video editor, and motion graphic artist from the Washington, DC area. He is an avid movie watcher and podcast listener. He’s also quite handsome and charming (at least that's what his Mom says). For more information about Ivan, visit Lucky 9 Studios.
  • http://www.andrewsallen.com Andrew S Allen

    Great sci-fi short that builds a rich setting that feels real. Can’t wait to see the broader story unfold (on whatever medium it may land).

  • Philip Kidd

    Totally agree, my thoughts exactly.

  • Josh Nat

    This is mind blowing.

  • Augusto Vera

    What a great short scifi, it really promises to have a great follow-up series

  • crazyvt22

    It’s like they wanted people to realize they were copying half-life 2

  • Bill Kozak

    I need to see more.

  • Bill Kozak

    There is something addictive about this.

  • Angel

    It reminded me a little of The Superior Spider-Man going when the first guy died. In the comics, Doctor Octopus killed Spider-Man by switching brains with him. But you guys are AMAZING!

  • Angel

    *Spider-Man when

  • Anonymous

    The costume design was a turn off for me, but great short indeed.

  • http://reddysteadygo.tumblr.com/ Sindhu R.

    Ivan definitely summed up my complicated feelings about this short which, in a nutshell, are concerned with how original/compelling is this idea really? For me, I don’t need to answer that question because the filmmaking felt original and compelling to me. I think a miniseries would be great, although if the style and structure can be preserved in video game format that would be amazing. It made me really want to play some Bioshock, especially because of the music!

  • Anonymous

    Great short, but one annoying continuity bug, at least for me. In the opening scene, prices were in the hundreds, which made sense for future inflation; in the closing scene, the menu on the back wall had 2013 prices.

    Other than that, great concept and excellent short. Looking forward to more.

  • Eythonoga

    I think you guys should make it into a movie I would definitely but it.

  • Systemic Pandemia

    This is mind blowing. Really.

  • Systemic Pandemia

    Fallout music?

  • Systemic Pandemia

    Fallout music?

  • marco polo

    truly amazing.

  • Pawe? Czerski

    A terrible short. There’s no story, direction is really bad, the whole thing is simply boring and makes no sense.

  • Zizou

    You’re ridiculous. I checked your profile. All you do is throw garbage and every short you see. You seem like a very frustrated man.

  • Max

    Indeed this short is very impressive.

  • Pawe? Czerski

    Then I guess you also saw all my high ratings of some great shorts here? I rate and share the good ones, comment on bad ones. What is ridiculous though, is your comment about the frustration, like commenting on bad movies was something inappropriate.

  • Chris Silva

    Great build-up. Really great new world they’ve created here.

  • Richie

    This was surprisingly entertaining. I would love to see them develop this into a series or a movie. And also, incredibly plausible. I used to work in the security field over a
    decade ago and even back then the corporation’s long-term strategy was
    to take over prisons, court services, and even local-level law
    enforcement. And buying protection in advance as depicted in this clip
    is the most likeliest method to go about everything

  • Richie

    This was surprisingly entertaining. I would love to see them develop this into a series or a movie. And also, incredibly plausible. I used to work in the security field over a
    decade ago and even back then the corporation’s long-term strategy was
    to take over prisons, court services, and even local-level law
    enforcement. And buying protection in advance as depicted in this clip
    is the most likeliest method to go about everything

  • Jason Sondh

    Strong work, love the premise.

  • Mansur

    bring it back