Watch C: 299 792 km/s, a short film set in space with absolutely zero greenscreen

We've been following short film C: 299 792 km/s for a long time. The crew set out to make a space movie about interstellar colonization filmed entirely with in-camera effect, and now they've finally finished. Behold a space mutiny shot with old-school trickery. It's lovely, a lovely look at traditional techniques.

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According to the creators Derek Van Gorder and Otto Stockmeier no CGI or greenscreen was used during the filming:

To build the future, we looked to the past. No CGI or greenscreen was used in the making of the film; all our sets and props were built by hand and filmed in-camera. Combining new advances in digital camera technology with traditional special effects, we sought to create a unique, timeless look through lighting design, camera tricks, miniature photography, split-screen, and stop-animation. We believe that this approach allowed us greater creative possibilities on a low-budget science-fiction film.

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glyphon
The Stig's graphic designer cousin

we sought to create a unique, timeless look

In that regards, it was a failure. This looked extremely dated...late 70s early 80s. The music and some of the sound effects didn't help that.

Overall, an interesting experiement, but overall, I think the premise is flawed. It is cheaper and easier than ever to create CG. Does it have to overkill, like in the 2nd Star Wars trilogy? No, but the effects and computer screens would have benefit greatly from more modern techniques.

That's just my 2 cents.