Science fiction is defined as “something based on imagined future scientific or technological advances and major social or…………. bleh bleh”. Frankly speaking science fiction is not a genre that can be explained in a couple of lines by mentioning its characteristics. It works like noir, it’s a platform that you build a specific genre on. You could present drama (‘Her’), horror (‘The Thing’), comedy (‘The World’s End’) or a mystery (‘Blade Runner’) by incorporating sci-fi elements. Science fiction is not equivalent to science when we talk about cinema, it is mostly utilized to create a fantasized world, the sole intent being to transport you into a different reality, where what the creator portrays, exists. Being a very risky business because of the massive budgets involved, many directors create short films that only concentrate on the premise and on displaying a new world.
Depending on the reactions, the feature length movie is then developed. Others however only make short films, because this stream opens a wide gate for creativity, something which only blossoms by the touch of its creator, and that is unfortunately discouraged by production houses for feature length material. I always make sure to catch up on short films when I’m free and this is a list I’ve compiled consisting of the movies that I loved. They may not necessarily be the best, but they do make for an interesting watch and contain some great pointers for aspiring artists. So, here is the list of some really good short films on Netflix.
10. Code 8 (2016)
‘Code 8’ was produced in 2016 by Stephen Amell (Arrow) and Robbie Amell, directed by Jeff Chan who also made ‘Operation Kingfish’, the prequel short to Call of Duty : Modern Warfare 2. The Amell brothers and Chan made this short film as a teaser for a full length feature that they had planned, and intended on using this video to get their project crowdfunded. The decision to go down the indie route was to exercise complete creative control on their film, as production houses’ meddling with films has been on a steep rise. The reason why I liked it was because it doesn’t go full on with its cyberpunk elements, it rests somewhere between our world and the one in ‘Blade Runner’, similar to Carpenter’s ‘Escape from New York’. The movie also has a similar concept as ‘X-Men’ with a minority of mutated humans facing the brunt of the exclusively oppressive government.
9. Jiminy (2013)
People familiar with the character of Pinocchio must be aware of Jiminy Cricket, and this is where the film gets its title from. Now, the story of Pinocchio has two versions, the original one which is bleak and disturbing and the one by Disney toned down for wider audiences. ‘Jiminy’ is a futuristic reimagination of a world where people have cricket-like controlling chips that provide them an alternative to carry out every task to perfection. The chips on the surface seem to be very helpful and supportive like Disney’s version, but as we proceed, we grasp the extent of control they have on people’s mindset, turning them into a mentally hollow state in its deficit.