Saturday, February 15, 2014


I came across a new short film I thought I'd share...

Project Arbiter was written and directed by Michael Chance.

From the Project Arbiter website: "Set in 1943, the height of WWII, this is a story about an experimental O.S.S. unit code named Project Arbiter. Thousands of feet above Northern Europe a small plane carries a skeleton crew of the Allies best, including Special Fields Op. Captain Joseph Colburn. His handler, Major Thomas Hardy does a final review of the mission's grim intel: infiltrate a mysterious villa on the Polish border and uncover its secrets. Colburn emerges donning a prototype suit, which can temporarily render its occupant invisible. As the plane's bay doors howl open Colburn begins to put on the skull-faced helmet when the plane is rocked by an anti-aircraft shell. Rapidly losing air pressure and altitude, now there's no question... this is a one-way mission." 

A somewhat clumsily written synopsis, perhaps, but let's let the work speak for itself, shall we?

Not bad. Not great, but not bad.

This is maybe more of a Proof-of-Concept than an actual straight-up short film and it's definitely got more than a little bit of Syfy channel cheese-stink  to it, but whatever, I enjoyed it. I'm a sucker for the whole secret super-powered history of WWII genre. I just like the look and feel of it, that's a big part of the reason for my love of Captain America really, and this film satisfies that interest... somewhat. The helmet design and the way they do the invisibility is actually kind of cool, but man, they really thought that whole heated-up knife blade thing was a god damn top-drawer cool idea, huh? Weird.

What do you think?


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