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Teenie-tiniest spoilers – only for the food that’s briefly shown in the new Star Wars film, The Force Awakens!

If you’ve seen it, you may have noticed the food items that Rey earns for her scavenging, and then prepares and eats in her ramshackle, ex-Imperial Walker, home.  Those little vacuum sealed packets, or ‘portions’ as Simon Pegg’s character Unkar Plut calls them, are salvaged military ration kits which contain two foods – Veg-Meat, and Polystarch.

'Portion' description from the Star Wars visual dictionary, showing the octagonal, shrink-wrapped, scavenged military ration pack.

Reference for the ‘Portions’ seen in Star Wars: The Force Awakens

I am a huge fan of sci-fi food, so of course, ever since I saw these, I knew I had to somehow make them.  My adventures with creating my Version 0.1, follows… Continue reading

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Imagine a new ice age, where the only haven for humanity is a train that circumnavigates the planet once a year.  Where the haves and the have-nots have their places in 1st and 3rd class carriages, and where the have-nots are rightfully chafing under the conditions they’re subjected to.

I.  Will.  Watch.  This.

You hear that, studios?  Please, hurry up and release Snowpiercer (and ideally, the original directors cut, not some sanitized-for-Americans version) and you will have my arse in a theater seat before you can blink.

Terry Gilliam, he of Brazil, 12 Monkeys, and Time Bandits fame (amongst others), will soon bring us The Zero Theorem.  From the leaked trailer and other clips, its going to be gloriously mad, full of half-laughing fury, and very touchingly human indeed.  There’s not enough fresh breaths of air in big movie sci-fi settings – but Mr. Gilliam delivers.

Sci-Fi Short Glut – True Skin

A vibrant, loud, colourful and wicked sci-fi short set in Bangkok – a mid-future of neon implants and hot-swappable eyes.  Where ‘naturals’ are shunned and hated for the temporary, fragile, disease-ridden creatures they are, and anyone who is anyone is getting newer, better, sexier metal instead.  For one such neo-human, time is running out and he can no longer hide amongst the bustling markets and living streets of a city where everyone is for sale.

In a world all too similar to our own, a man loses everything three times in one moment.  A tiny, bite-sized short sci-fi film, just long enough to draw pangs of sympathy for both characters.

Another sci-fi short – this time in a near-future New York City where bio-metrics make every day easier for everyone – as long as you have no expectation of privacy.  Suddenly, something happens to upset this perfect boat, and the chase is on.  A good idea piece with sexy AR effects and a nice mystery hook.

All of a sudden, after what seems like years of a drought, there’s a glorious surfeit of sci-fi short films.  This one, called Payload, follows the trials of a family desperately looking for hope under the ever-looming space elevator.  Grim, dusty and fresh.

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I’ve not finished watching this yet, but from the 5 minutes I’ve seen so far, out of the 20, it’s amazing.  Richly detailed, oppressive, dark and beautiful – this cyberpunk/dystopian short from Luke Scott (and Ridley Scott) simply drips, reeks and oozes style.

You know what this day needs?  More over-sized combat robots with sudden emotional realizations, in a beautifully shot short film.  That’s definitely what today needs more of.

Short by Aaron Sims, and the more support it gets, the more likely it is to turn into a feature length film – good luck, Mr Sims!

Don’t try to make sense of this animated short from French Goeblins school in 2008 – because I’m not sure it makes any.  Still – if you’ve wanted to see a boy, fishing for monsters in the puddles of a multicolored, multi-leveled shanty, then this is the animated short for you.

Seen at Ufunk.net.