Apr 4, 2014
Prospect - Indie Scifi At It's Finest
Screened at Austin's South By Southwest festival about a month ago, Prospect took a very interesting approach with it's scifi aesthetic, emulating a minimalist, retro scifi feel that we found quite refreshing. When we think about the current visual landscape of scifi, what comes to mind is a style filled with overly detailed, gritty work or ultra slick and clean. Prospect finds a happy middle, following a father and his daughter hoping to strike it rich on a dangerously toxic alien planet.
The short unexpectedly turned into a coming-of-age story of a teenage girl. When the father is attacked by a roving bandit, the daughter must take matters into her own hands. The way the filmmakers staged and shot this scenario was excellent, really elevating the tension in a way that most movie directors absolutely fail to in this day and age. In a very subtle way we are made aware that this is a world in which there is no clear cut good or bad forces, just people struggling to survive in extraordinary circumstances.