THE SHAMAN is a sci-fi short film bursting from the seams with cinematic spectacle.
Set in the year 2204, the short tells the dark story of a world devastated by 73 years of continuous war.
In midst of war, a spiritual dogma is rediscovered centering on the belief that everyone and every object has a soul.
A sect of mystics known as shamans have the ability to spirituality enter a “Netherworld” where they can affect the souls of people or objects.
During the war, shamans use their powers to cross into the Netherworld to convert the souls of the enemy’s massive war machines.
The short centers on a shaman (Danny Shaylar) who is attempting to subvert the soul of a war machine threatening his people. Unfortunately, he is wrestling with a tragic secret from his past - one the enemy is aware of.
When he attempts to conquer the soul of the machine, he discovers his foe is prepared and waiting.
Bottom line: THE SHAMAN looks as though a Hollywood studio spent millions to create the latest sci-fi blockbuster.
In just under 17 minutes, you are given a passport to an outrageously realized world where skyscraper-tall, A.I.-controlled, mobile machines wage an incessant war on humanity.
Writer and director Marco Kalantari deserves the too-often-used moniker visionary.
Every element of production, including the cast, production design, visual effects, sound design, and musical score fuse together to create a remarkable sci-fi short film enormously ambitious in scale and scope.
The short was released online in 2015 and frankly, it boggles my mind as to why some Hollywood studio, network, or major streaming platform has yet to snap up this short film for further development.
I know I want to know more about this intriguing world and the people caught up in its dramatic conflict.
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