Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Ambition





The unoffical short film week continues!

Today we have a joint effort from Director Tomek Baginski and the European Space Agency that stars Aidan Gillen, who you might know from the movie Shanghai KnightsAmbition tells the story of a Master and his Apprentice using the rubble and ruin of the Wastelands to create a Universe. How did someone like Littlefinger end up in this random six and a half minute short film? I have no idea. Also, why is the ESA involved? Again: No idea, but I would guess it's probably due to the mention of the Rosetta Probe Comet mission, an odd detail which leads me to suspect that some of the nerds over at the ESA got scammed out of a portion of their funding by your typical opportunistic Hollywood cool guy. I imagine a moment akin to something out of Van Wilder... But then, Baginski was nominated for the Best Short Film Oscar in 2003 for Katedra, so there's that too. It didn't win, of course, but it is an impressive thing to have on one's resume. Something like that can go a long ways toward convincing folks to pony up some cash for a project, and it looks like the ESA has done just that, and in spades too. Either way, here we are, and the only question that really matters is a simple one: Does Ambition have what it takes to end up fairing as well or better as Katedra?

Let's watch and see what we think...



Not bad. Not bad at all. I really liked the kind of vague hints of world-building they had going on here. It was a nice mix, a little bit magical, a little bit super science. I really liked that. Iceland is an amazing looking place too, right? Like New Zealand, it seems to look like Heaven on Earth at one end and like the most alien place imaginable in another, and it's not that big a country. Littlefinger was great, but then he's always great, of course. The design and effects were surprisingly good. That might be enough to send it on to the Oscars actually. Maybe. Well, probably not. It's a bit lacking in the story department and, let's be honest, that's because it's mostly a humble-brag on the part of the ESA, right? Not that they don't deserve to brag a little, the Rosetta Probe is pretty fucking amazing, but yeah, that's pretty much what this is. Not that that really matters either, of course, because "humble brag that's light in the narrative department" or not, it's still pretty cool.

Also, I like the poster,
Jon

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