Apr 22, 2013
From The Future With Love : Security Isn't Free
This awesome scifi short by James Lawler Productions is one of the coolest dystopian scenarios we've seen in a while, based off the 'what if' concept of the privatization of security services in the future. If you thought that health insurance was bad in this day and age, imagine having to deal with coverage plans for law enforcement, including getting hustled to coverage from officers themselves.
Presented as a series of vignettes, the short features some rather diverse scenarios related to the 'security insurance' concept, futuristic identity theft and the inevitable outcome of privatized jurisdictions and territorial disputes. This proof of concept was directed and written by K-Michel Parandi, who really did an awesome job grounding this scifi concept with a dose of reality, especially considering the advent of for profit corporations calling for privatizing prisons and applying a monetary value to incarceration. A little unsettling to say the least, but I'd love to see this world get fleshed out more as a feature or series.
Some of the designs in this short were created by Ben Mauro, a concept artist at the famed New Zealand WETA workshop who has had the chance to work on projects including The Hobbit trilogy, Man of Steel, The Amazing Spider-Man as well as the upcoming science fiction movie Elysium. Check out his weapon designs after the break!