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Watch: Space Travel Short Film 'Hyperlight' by Nguyen-Anh Nguyen

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April 9, 2018
Source: Vimeo

Hyperlight Short Film

"If we landed with them, that means we should've ejected." You have to see this impressive sci-fi short film titled Hyperlight, about two astronauts on a cool space ship traveling far to another place in the galaxy in another star system. Set at a time when humans have just achieved faster-than-light travel, this short has an ambitious concept but director Nguyen-Anh Nguyen pulls it off so amazingly well, with some slick VFX work and captivating sci-fi story. Hyperlight stars Jeananne Goossen, Peter Shinkoda, and Caroline Dhavernas. There's a few big twists in this and lots to process, but it's another must watch sci-fi short film.

Hyperlight Poster

Thanks to Short of the Week for the tip. Synopsis for Hyperlight from Vimeo: 'Two elite astronauts wake up in the abyss of space; they return to their stranded ship and discover the surprising reason behind their mission's catastrophic failure." Hyperlight is directed by Nguyen-Anh Nguyen (his official site), written by Nicolas Billon, with cinematography by Simran Dewan. Also featuring music composed by Mathieu Lafontaine. Hyperlight was shot on a Blackmagic URSA Mini 4.6K and URSA Mini Pro, then edited and finished in DaVinci Resolve. For more, visit Vimeo or their website. For more shorts, click here. Thoughts?

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Reader Feedback - 4 Comments

1

I liked that little operatic score that goes so well with space films.

DAVIDPD on Apr 9, 2018

2

Fantastic execution...

Fireball Tim on Apr 10, 2018

3

I watched the entire thing and I would love to be able to report what it was about but . . . SHE HAD A GIANT MOLE ON HER FACE THAT NO HUMAN BEING COULD BE EXPECTED TO LOOK AWAY FROM AND IT WAS TOTALLY DISTRACTING AND RUINED THE ENTIRE STORY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! JK, it was fantastic. Though not sure I understand the science behind it.

Sharkman1963 on Apr 10, 2018

4

Not badly made on a tight budget; however, the film had some glaring plot holes. For example, this is supposed to be the FIRST fusion-powered hyperspace interstellar journey; but, wait, then we are told they were responding to a distress signal? It turns out it was their OWN distress signal, right, but WHY would they respond to a human distress signal when no other humans had ever traveled deep into space before? It's like, "Gee, we have no idea how humans got way the fuck out there, but we've got to go rescue them!" They're not even a little bit suspicious? Sure, they can travel in hyperspace and be there in weeks or months, but HOW did they receive a distress signal that is traveling at lightspeed and would have required hundreds or thousands of years to reach them? The gimmick of the film is that the new hyperspace technology still has a few time-bending glitches, allowing them to arrive at their destination TWICE, creating a Doppelganger Effect. But physics won't allow two identical ships and crews to occupy the same space; so, one ship/crew has to disintegrate on a subatomic and interdimensional level if the other ship/crew is to survive. This film's solution? Blow a surperflous crewman out of the airlock. WTF? Sorry, but just jettisoning some guy into the vacuum of space isn't going to resolve a temporal paradox. Not especially well thought out.

Charles_Miller on Oct 27, 2019

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