Even Vader has to Pay for Parking

I think we can all agree that Darth Vader would be Lawful Evil.  As such, he has to pay parking tickets too.  I am impressed with his restraint in dealing with the ticketer, especially with two stormtroopers right there to back him up.

Sadly the effect is a bit ruined by the camera person giving Vader a shout-out at the end, but it is still fun.

via Topless Robot

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4.5 Billions Years of Lunar History in a Video

This video speeds up geologic time scales to show us how the moon evolved over 4.5 Billion years.  I have no clear understanding of how scientists settled on particular time frames for some of the events, but I love the visuals.

What the video does not mention is that similar processes were likely happening on Earth at the same time, which goes a long way to demonstrating how dangerous the universe can actually be.

I spotted this originally on Geekosystem.

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True Skin Trailer: Cybernetic Bangkok

TRUE SKIN TEASER from H1 on Vimeo.

The imagery in this trailer is very reminiscent of Blade Runner. There is no way to discern what the story will be about from the trailer, but I love the overlap of cybernetics and robotics with the poverty and grit of Bangkok.  The trailer alone makes a fantastic impression just as a short film.

The producers have promised a full (12 minute) feature this summer at their site on Vimeo.  My understanding is that they are hoping to parlay that into a full length feature movie production.  If it is as cool as this trailer, I wish them luck.

via Giant Freaking Robot

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RUIN: Short Action Film in an Apocalyptic Ruin

This short film doesn’t spend much time giving us context or story, but it sure is thrilling.  The beginning of the film hints at a back-story, enough to trigger my trope-o-meter and fill in the ‘corporate research run amok’ storyline.  All that is fine, but just enjoy the ride.

It was created by someone named wesball, and the youtube link is here.

via io9.

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Gamma: Creepy SF short film

Kudos to io9 for finding the very cool and very creepy SF short film Gamma, filmed in the ruins of Chernobyl.

I particularly like the narrative style, using a survivor interview without being too cute about it.  SF is always best when it is up to the audience to fill in the backstory.

GAMMA from Factory Fifteen on Vimeo.

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