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Uncanny Valley

Uncanny Valley || Best Short of 2016 on Film Shortage

In the slums of the future, virtual reality junkies satisfy their violent impulses in online entertainment. An expert player discovers that the line between games and reality is starting to fade away.

You might remember 3Dar from from the brilliantly colorful short animation ‘Shave It‘ back in 2013. They’ve come back on a completely new horizon with this absolutely thrilling and mind-boggling futuristic film, Uncanny Valley, where in the slums of the future, virtual reality junkies satisfy their violent impulses in online entertainment. An expert player discovers that the line between games and reality is starting to fade away.

Different types of people have multiple ways of brainstorming, and that is very personal. It may not sound romantic, but my method is just locking myself in my office and thinking about something until exhaustion. Then, at some point (usually during the night), some decent ideas catch me off guard, and I write them down. I had the initial idea of people who are actually working without knowing it. I wrote some things down, and I started playing with those concepts.

Compelling visual effects are not there to tell the story, but rather support the exhausting and brilliant storyline, which will have your mind twisted inwards, giving you a sensation you probably haven’t felt since you first watched Inception.

Before this project, we were in a very successful place with our previous short, “Shave It,” which created a sort of comfort zone around a certain aesthetic and elastic animation style.

But we felt the risk of getting stuck repeating the same formula. We decided to do a new short that does not benefit at all from the “Shave It” success, not even the same audience.

Make sure to read the entire interview with Federico Heller on Motionagrapher.com, especially the last segment where he gives a handful of tips: my favorite one is ‘Listen to others. Ignore others.’.

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