Sci-Fi Short 'Uncanny Valley' Explores The Dark World of Virtual Reality Junkies

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By Jake Vyper | More Articles MTG Writer/Streamer
December 02, 2015  09:28 PM

Uncanny Valley is an amazing science fiction short that features virtual reality junkies, and how the line between games and reality start to blur for one of the characters. The film was created by Argentinian by director Frederico Heller, and its way on getting a feature film adaptation. 

According to Deadline, Independence Day: Resurgence scribe Carter Blanchard is helping develop the film. This is definitely one of the best shorts I've seen. It cleverly starts off introducing some virtual reality junkies. At this point, I was thinking, "Okay, cool thing, but so what?" but in the middle point, when we see one of them discover the dark secret behind it, I could see the bigger picture, and I thought, "Wow, the mind-blowing concept is great. This definitely needs to be a feature film". I've seen this idea explored in the anime Psycho Pass (Season 2), but the short takes it up to a higher level. 
 

Watch the short film: 

UNCANNY VALLEY (2015) from 3DAR on Vimeo.

Here's the synopsis:

In the slums of the future, virtual reality junkies satisfy their violent impulses in online entertainment. An expert player discovers that the line between games and reality is starting to fade away. 3DAR’s latest short film explores the frightening potential of our next technological revolution. 

The report offered the following information about the feature film adaptation and how it will tie-in with virtual reality: 

The feature adaptation of Uncanny Valley is planned as part of a unique multimedia production that will see a series of innovative VR experiences made available via virtual reality platforms as the film nears release. In support of this effort, private screenings have included proof of concept demonstrations of virtual reality segments inspired by the film and accessible on the Oculus Rift headset.

I'm super excited to see the feature film, and I hope they get Christopher Nolan to direct it. Its high concepts definitely fits the legendary director's filmmaking style. 

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