Friday, August 31, 2012

2042: LOOM

 by Loren Coleman ©2012

People wear raincoats even when its not raining. It's dreary. Disease is everywhere. Fashion hasn't changed. There are no rayguns; there's just old-fashioned metal handguns. People still use midcentury modern Navy chairs in lab cafes. Transport units are dirty. It's another "Ridley Scott Presents" view of our future.

Luke Scott's melodrama set in the year 2042 is a 20 minute film that will have you thinking long after it is finished. Loom is being disseminated for free throughout the electronic world.

There is an interesting feeling in the word, "disseminating," and that's why I used it. Just as the engineers in Prometheus seed the Earth with genetic material, you get the sense, as you are watching this film, that some of these images are being seeded.

Loom's director Luke Scott is the the son of Blade Runner director Ridley Scott and the nephew of Tony Scott. This short, which stars Giovanni Ribisi as a lonely, bright, quiet lab gen tech in a future society characterized by human misery, openly owes a stylistic nod to Blade Runner.

The film is being used as a way to showcase a new technology. Luke Scott in cooperation with RED Camera presents Loom, "a film shot completely in 4K format. The film was originally intended to help showcase the prototype REDray 3D laser player. The film was constructed for 3D, the film needed to push the limits of the cameras exposure sensitivity and color range and 4K projection. Visually the film is unmatched to date in it's use of RED's new technology."

It's 4K glory can be seen via this incredibly large web version. Also here's a Higher Res version

The film is shown completely in the HD version posted above. (People at work and youngsters: It has a couple gross scenes of engineered raw meat, which I found more disturbing that the incidental flashes of nudity because the young woman was not completely dressed.)

(Thanks for the tip from P.H.)

P.S. It appears, by random and by coincidence, the first time I played Loom, immediately after the credits, I was shown a trailer for Branded (written and directed by Jamie Bradshaw and Aleksandr Dulerayn). Opening September 7th, Branded is about "unlocking the conspiracy" and seeing what is unseen. It is a remarkable trailer foretelling what might be a synchromystic hit.

Below are two different Branded trailers, 
the first in Russian and the following one in English.



daft vader said...

Branded looks fascinating. It's obvious they've been looking at all the conspiracy videos on the internet and fused it with They Live/H.P. Lovecraft & Videodrome.

Anonymous said...

I thought of Lovecraft too. What was that story called? I remember the premise just not the name.

I am fascinated by the possibility of alternate dimensions.

Anonymous said...

Shades of "They Live" in Branded.

D.B. Echo said...

I love those chairs. I bought some like them in Kmart a few years ago.

Each time I see a trailer for branded I think of Philip K. Dick's "Faith of our Fathers", in which a man who believes he has been slipped a hallucinogenic that causes him to see twisted horrors discovers that he has actually been given an anti-hallucinogenic.

Red Pill Junkie said...

Alien abductees are gonna be startled when they see this.

Yeah, I think this film has a veil undertone on the mythos of hybridization.