Youtube was the first video platform that revolutionized how video is distributed and watched. Today there is a ton of free media content, including both feature-lenght and short films. Let us sift the diamonds from the pebbles and help you find the best free sci-fi shorts on the Internet.
Remnant is a beautifully made 5:40 short about mechanic golems, some of which are free-willed while others are manned by humans. These machines have left utter devastation behind their onslaught of a major city and now there are few of them lying in the ruins. Remnant’s protagonist is a lone man in his mid 20’s who has to move forward searching for energy that will fuel his golem exoskeleton. Directed and 3D-rendered by Andrew Wong, Remnant is a brief yet stunning sci-fi adventure well worth five minutes of your attention.
This four-minute short is the result of a graduation project of eight Savannah College of Art students. It features NO-A, an agile robot with a gorilla-like gait, who is the target of a troop of MOPP-suited mercenaries. NO-A is on a mission – he fights the soldiers in order to save a girl who seems to be of critical importance to the survival of humankind. NO-A receives a decisive head-shot that damages his locomotives but is able to carry out his mission to the end.
Tears of Steel
Everything starts on a somewhat funny note. A college couple is arguing over what lies ahead for their relationship. She is into robotics – and has a robotic arm, while he wants to explore outer space. This argument is actually a fragment in the memory of the boy and the girl, as is shown at a lab 40 years later in the future. Then the plot takes a sharp turn and there is nothing to see from the world inhabited by the couple. The world has become a total dystopia, albeit one that is mechanized and fully technological. When a chief director gives a go, the current reality is replaced by a holographic remnant of the protagonist’s memory. His mission is to reenact the argument with his girlfriend and change the course of the future. The rest is to be seen in an amazing plot twist and an even more awesome ending.
Rise takes place in a future where androids have become advanced. Too advanced. Sounds familiar? All the talk about robots becoming self-aware and potentially dangerous to humankind is epitomized in Rise. The film is about a recall to all anthropomorphic robots. An army general argues with a robot of genuine diplomatic skill, who doesn’t succeed in convincing his interlocutor that the human-robot relationship needs a restart. The twist in the plot comes when a device of devastating capabilities becomes activated. The rest is to be seen just few keystrokes away on Youtube.