Sunday, December 11, 2011

Robot-Themed Film Made Entirely in CGI

Posted By on Sun, Dec 11, 2011 at 2:56 PM


The trailer for the film Keloid—by Barcelona's Big Lazy Robot—makes the cute, cuddly Wall-E look like a robotic Trojan horse.

Judging by the two-minute trailer, the forthcoming film puts humans in a post-robotic world. In the clip, a team of androids with machine guns stalks, with haunting movements, through a warehouse filled with mannequins. The bots look like a more sinister version of the Big Dog bipedal creation.

The ominous name Keloid—defined as "an area of irregular fibrous tissue formed at the site of a scar or injury"—is fitting, given the inspiration for the film. The crew of BLR modeled the story line after the work of American researcher Eliezer Yudkowsky, an artificial intelligence theorist concerned with the darker side of self-improvement A.I. He founded the Singularity Institute for Artificial Intelligence, and it's safe to bet he is kind of a nerd.

"It began 4 million years ago, when brain volumes began climbing rapidly in the hominid line," quotes the film in the opening seconds. "In less than 30 years, it will end."

Keloid is beautifully rendered in CGI—there are no live actors and no sets, everything is made on computers.

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