While short films often serve to open doors and put your talent on the radar of folks in Hollywood, it’s not often that they break out into buzz-building phenomenons. However, for director Marco Kalantari, “The Shaman” has been earning plenty of steam. The trailer has been viewed over four million times on YouTube, and the short has played at festivals around the world. Now, you can watch the entire thing to see what the excitement is all about.
Set in the war-riddled future of 2204, the sci-fi spectacle finds a battle unfolding between the Shamans and giant machines. Here’s the full synopsis:
The dark year 2204, in a world that has seen 73 years of continuous war. Recently mankind re-discovered the arts of Shamanism. The Shaman’s school of thought believes that every person or object has a soul. During battle Shamans step over into the Netherworld to find and convert the souls of their enemies’ giant battle machines. This tactic enables a single man to overcome an invincibly seeming steel monster.
This is the story of Joshua, a Shaman, who is sent on a mission to convert the soul of a giant battle colossus. He does not yet know that the soul is prepared for his coming and that the deadly psychological soul-to-soul confrontation in the Netherworld will be on eye level.
Based on the strength of “The Shaman,” Kalantari inked a deal with UTA, so you’ll likely be hearing more about him soon. Watch the short film below with subtitles available in English, Japanese, Chinese, Spanish and German.