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Imperfect – It could have been a dieselpunk film

Honestly, this is one of the best short film noir I’ve seen. 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.

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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  • Ali Isaac
    Posted July 25, 2015 at 09:52

    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.

    • Post Author
      Posted July 25, 2015 at 11:10

      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.

  • Ali Isaac
    Posted July 25, 2015 at 09:54

    Ps… I couldn’t see any sharing buttons on your post???

    • Post Author
      Posted July 25, 2015 at 11:11

      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?

  • Robin Rivera
    Posted July 26, 2015 at 02:53

    Sarah, that film is amazing! What a cool find! I absolutely love all things noir.

  • Alice E Keyes
    Posted July 26, 2015 at 21:56

    I like how they used the constraints. Great short.

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