SYNC is on the edges of cyberpunk as a genre. It’s got hacking, advanced technology, mega-corporations, gunplay, and a motorbike speeding down a highway. Due to its nature as a short film, unfortunately, SYNC leaves out a lot from its world-building. What’s great about it, though, is that it’s easy to imagine the seedy underbelly behind the corporate visage even if we don’t see it.
The premise is simple but interesting and takes yet another spin on the ‘data transfer’ problem of future dystopias where nothing is safe:
Every 15 seconds, a computer, network, or mobile device is hacked by cyber-terrorists. To combat this problem, Syntek Industries has manufactured data couriers designed from advanced machine robotics. These couriers are known as SYNCS. Syncs are programmed to securely deliver data packages without interruption.
This 8-minute short was written, produced and directed by Hasraf ‘HaZ’ Dulull (IMDb link). HaZ is a visual effects specialist who’s worked on some big titles, such as The Dark Knight and Hellboy II, as well as other shorts like Project Kronos.
Alternatively, you can watch it directly on the Vimeo site here.
What do you think of it?