Grounded: A beautiful short that’s a little too enigmatic

Browsing io9 this morning I noticed they were promoting a short film called Grounded. It’s beautifully shot and well worth sitting through. Here’s a link to the film:

Because there is no dialogue what we are watching is essentially a silent film. We are reliant on the actors, music and imagery to let us in on what the story is about.

There is a story however I felt that it was trying a little too hard to be enigmatic. A significant look here, a flinch there and a (stunning) piece of action is not enough. Clearly the director has been heavily influenced by the mystical denouement of 2001: A Space Odyssey but I would like to know why we’ve gone to this planet and who the characters are.

Watch it anyway.¬† Despite my misgivings it’s only 8 minutes long and it never ceases to amaze me what film makers are now able to do with very little budget.

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So that’s what my name looks like in print?

That’s Ariadne right there!

I previously mentioned that a small story (tiny in fact – it’s a piece of flash) was picked up by an anthology.

I travelled down to the Diamond Light Source Synchrotron to pick it up. It was a long way to go but worth it. The facility is literally amazing. It looks remarkably like a V mothership crashed in the Oxfordshire countryside.

This is not a movie poster of the Synchrotron!

Unfortunately I neglected to take any pictures while I was there but I am hoping that I can get some copies from the site office. There will be another update once I have them.

You can find Ariadne on page 16 of the Light Reading Anthology. But don’t stop there take the time to read some of the other submissions. I discovered that the illustration¬† was used on the cover. Gosh. Colour me flattered.

Go ahead and read – those digital versions are all free.

ps. I am not sure if there’s going to be a print version. There was some talk of a PoD edition but I don’t have any information on that just now.