A little under 10 minutes this is a wonderfully atmospheric cyberpunk post-apocalyptic short that plugs straight into your adrenal gland. Definitely make sure you’ve got big sound, full screen and a do-not-disturb holo hovering above your skull.
There’s a fantastic absence of dialogue, adding to the enigma of the story’s background: what is the character searching for and why did this happen? Is the character even human, or something else? Great sense of peril from the autonomous machine response.
It would fit seamlessly into the post-apocalyptic universe of Yellow Dawn – The Age of Hastur, except for the fact it shows nature having reclaimed the abandoned cityscape. In Yellow Dawn, one aspect of the Infection that dominates the daily life of survivors who have chosen not to seek sanctuary in the Living Cities, and is part of the pervasive Influence of Hastur, is the fact that the flora and fauna of Nature does not grow anywhere there are significant populations of Infected victims (erroneously called zombies by survivors and media). Even 10 years after the event known as Yellow Dawn happened, the Dead Cities remain free from the choking overgrowth of weeds, trees, wild grasses or anything else; adding to the intensely disturbing atmosphere to these places.
Here’s the video:
Story by Wes Ball. Produced by Oddball Animation