What cost would humanity be willing to pay to make contact with intelligent life in the universe? It's a question at the interface of technology and ethics, an area that a new film called 'Project Kronos' looks to explore at a deeper level.
The film, scheduled to be released on April 15, is presented as a faux-documentary that takes place in the future, in which personnel involved in an interstellar space travel program describe what the project was and their involvement with it. The interviews seem almost confessional, as if each one is taking care to define exactly what their role was even as they wrestle with the ethics of their decisions.
The trailer for the film, which is supported in part by Adobe, shows a mix of scripted interviews and archived NASA footage with overlayed CGI elements. The interplay between the technology, science, and moral consequences creates intrigue and suspense. You can watch the trailer below:
The film is written and directed by Hasraf 'HaZ' Dulull, a London-based visual effects veteran who started his career developing video game cinematics before moving onto visual effects for such films as The Dark Knight, Prince Of Persia, and The Chronicles Of Narnia. In 2011, he also wrote and directed 'Fubar' a comic-style film about a battlefield in which the people are replaced by cats and dogs, and later released 'Fubar Redux' with help from a Kickstarter campaign.
Instead of making rounds at film festivals, HaZ has opted to release the film freely online.
Another recent sci-fi film project called R'ha was also an impressive examination of the future, technology, and other intelligent life in the universe. Both of the films highlight how amazing it is that individuals and small teams of filmmakers can produce visionary, Hollywood-level work that is also rich in commentary about what the future has in store.
Keep an eye out on Vimeo for the release of the film.