Imperfect – It could have been a dieselpunk film

IMPERFECT (short noir film) - She's the perfect woman, beautiful, relatable, lovely. she only has one imperfection: she can't speak

Honestly, I really enjoyed this short film. It’s very professionally filmed, the actors are good, the mood is very nice. The story is also very nice in my opinion, just a pity that it comes a bit short in logic, especially at the end. But I still enjoyed it. I guess short films are very hard to make sense, especially with a complex idea like this one.

This is not a dieselpunk film… though it could easely have been.
There’s everything you want to have in a dieselpunk story except for the era aesthetics. But you have the mood (the b/w images, the voice over, the gloomy story, the famme fatal) and the speculative element. That’s why I’m sharing it.

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Experimental LA-based film company Finite Films creates interactive independent short-films that incorporate constraints submitted to the filmmakers via social media. Directed by Michael Tacker, Imperfect is part of this one-year-long project,

These are the constrants that generated this short:

  • A supernatural being/non-human must masquerade as a human.
  • One of the characters doesn’t speak English.
  • A character must say the line “Please stop shooting me.”
  • A character must say the line “I don’t know where, I don’t know when, I don’t know how, and I don’t know why. Well, I know where…”
  • Plot must revolve around the murder of a character we never know.
  • The main character never speaks a line of dialogue.
  • Must be in the style of a 40′s noir.


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About the Author

I was born, raised and I still live near Verona (Italy), though I worked for a time in Dublin. I started writing fantasy stories as a kid. Today I’m a bookseller who reads fantasy, history, mythology, anthropology and lots of speculative fiction. Somehow, all of this has found its way into my own dieselpunk stories.

8 Comments on "Imperfect – It could have been a dieselpunk film"

  1. Interesting, Sara! I’ve heard of steampunk of course, but dieselpunk is a new one to me! I watched a part, no time for all just now, I liked it! Very moody and atmospheric.
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    • Yeah, dieselpunk is a bit less known than steampunk. Although they may be similar on a few aspect, dieselpunk is set in what we call “the diesel era”, that is between 1920s and 1950s. And it tends to be a lot darker than steampunk.
      “Captain American the First Avanger” is considered one of the best dieselpunk films of late.

  2. Ps… I couldn’t see any sharing buttons on your post???
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    • O_O
      Really? I have sharing buttons at the end of all posts. I can see them… how is it that you can’t??????

      Anybody else who doesn’t see my sharing buttons?

  3. Sarah, that film is amazing! What a cool find! I absolutely love all things noir.
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  4. I like how they used the constraints. Great short.
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