Watch: Haunting Sci-Fi Short 'Gamma' Chronicles Life After the Apocalypse

Watch: Haunting Sci-Fi Short 'Gamma' Chronicles Life After the Apocalypse

Feb 29, 2012

Still from short film GammaGot six minutes to spare and want to see a really cool science-fiction short film? Then read on for an opportunity to check out Factory Fifteen’s awesome Gamma.

Best described as a sort of post-apocalyptic mix of things like Fallout 3Stalker: Shadow of Chernobyl, and District 9, Gamma takes place in a future where nuclear conflict has left many cities in rubble. Filled with radiation and debris and essentially uninhabitable, a new urban development company named Gamma hopes to pave the way to a bright new future by using science to restore them to their former glory.

Utilizing its patented “Nuke-Root” technology – which uses creatures that are part mollusk, part fungi to devour radiation and reclaim lost land –the company promises to clean up and restore cities that have been devastated by nuclear blasts. If it all sounds too good to be true, it’s probably because it is.

The film follows a team deployed to travel in Gamma’s wake and chronicle the quality of their work – and unfortunately, it’s not good. While it’s easy to imagine Gamma spinning off into some kind of monster movie (after all, these giant radiation-eating creatures are pretty freaky looking), that’s not the film’s aim. Instead, it settles in as something much more somber and unsettling.

Filmed on location in the abandoned areas left behind in the wake of Chernobyl, the film’s cinematography is breathtaking. These modern-day ghost towns are creepy and fascinating on their own, but adding in some impressive CGI and a haunting voiceover really takes Gamma to a whole other level. Don’t just take our word for it, though – check it out below and let us know what you think. We suspect we’ll be seeing a lot more from the team at Factory Fifteen in the not too distant future. Check out more on the company's Vimeo page. [via FilmSchoolRejects]

GAMMA from Factory Fifteen on Vimeo.

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