Watch: Derek Van Gorder's Mutiny Sci-Fi Short Film 'C 299,792 km/s'

January 29, 2013
Source: Vimeo

C The Movie

Well, this isn't what I was expecting, but it's pretty cool anyway. A sci-fi short film we've been tracking for some time now called C has finally debuted entirely online. The short in full is called C 299,792 km/s and is about Lieutenant Commander Malleck's mutiny on a futuristic spaceship called Kestros IV. As much as I admire the filmmaking here and attempts to make a fun short, it looks like it was shot at a laser tag arena, has a rather funky soundtrack, and features some questionable acting. But it's still an interesting concept and they do play with sci-fi elements like gravity. Most importantly - no CGI or greenscreen was used in the making of the film, all the sets and props were built by hand and filmed in-camera. Which explains the look.

From their Vimeo: C is the story of Lieutenant Commander Malleck and her radical act of mutiny aboard the Kestros IV during an interplanetary cold war. With the help of her co-conspirators, she attempts to harness this weapon of mass destruction for a grand new purpose. The short was written & directed by Derek Van Gorder and Otto Stockmeier, and stars Caroline Winterson as Malleck, with Damien Langan and Daniel B. Region. Combining new advances in digital camera technology with traditional special effects, we sought to create a unique, timeless look through lighting design, camera tricks, miniature photography, split-screen, and stop-animation. For more on the film, visit the site c-themovie.com. What did you think?

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  • l.21
    80's music sold it for me.... ...course, i loved the sap-ridden, theology-in-disguise message of "salvation in the stars, why can't we all just get along" too.
  • worst Carl Sagan ever. Fun looking movie though
  • HyperJ
    I liked it! - The consistent look between effects and set lightning is a nice touch. - I also liked the music!
  • So, that's what my Kickstarter money went toward.
  • Austin
    Loved it
  • blu0ne
    Cool. Refreshing new look in what would otherwise have been a CG orgy. Takes me back to when I was a kid.
  • dandassow
    Interesting! This has the feel of a short story from Analog or Asimov’s Science Fiction
  • bill
    This is the first honest press I've read about this film, which is admirable for the price but not great. The music, which is hipster rather than genuinely 80s sounding, combined with the Christmas tree lighting, definitely spoiled the mood for me.
  • Goedel
    Liked it. It had a good feel. Even liked the slight corniness. 12 minutes is rather short for a paradigm shift. Maker's logic and tricks in taking over the ship showed a sure hand worthy of a full length movie. Loved the cool older woman breaking hollywood stereotypes.




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