Modern Times by Ben Craig – A short film review

Modern Times by Ben Craig – A short film review

Every so often you come across something that makes you think. Makes you wonder about the possibilities that might exist in the future. I came across something similar and thought I should share, so that you too could take a moment to marvel at the grand nature of it.

Going by the alias of “BC2010,” Ben Craig, a Scottish art director released this sci-fi short titled “Modern Times.” At this point, if you’re having flashbacks of Charlie Chaplin’s 1936 release, hang on to them. It’s nothing short of epic, providing a glimpse into the future. A future filled with modern-esque user interfaces and large self-sustaining mother ships. We’re introduced to a character going about his daily business. About 3/4 of the way through it, we realize that he’s a projectionist giving his viewers on the ship their daily dose of entertainment. When they orbit around the dark side of the moon, he projects one of Charlie Chaplin’s masterpieces on the surface of the lunar rock. Think it’s farfetched? Might be. But it’s just so cool! Take a look for yourself.

MODERN TIMES from BC2010 on Vimeo.

Being a man of detail, there’s a couple of things I noted. The number on the abandoned vehicle is an IMBD title number for Capricorn One. Another detail is the novel which our character starts to read: Jerome Agel’s “The Making of Kubrick’s 2001.” Ben’s team did a fabulous job in putting this short together. The filming was done over a weekend with little to no budget and the results in post can be compared to a sci-fi flick. It’s no wonder Ben’s already been approached by the likes of Warner Bros, Fox and Paramount for upcoming projects.

If you’re curious as to what went on behind the scenes in making “Modern Times” a success, here’s a peak. It just goes to show the kind of effort involved in making something like this come to life.

Behind the Scenes from BC2010 on Vimeo.

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