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The dark year 2204, in a world that has seen 73 years of continuous war. A Shaman is sent on a mission to convert the soul of a giant battle colossus.

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Marco Kalantari

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Cast

Credited cast:
Danny Shayler ... The Shaman
David Sayers ... Lene
Susanne Wuest ... Soul of the Colossus
Edmund Jäger Edmund Jäger ... Commander
Adam Thomas Wright ... Kid Soldier
Anton Noori Anton Noori ... Shieldfire Master #1
Stefan Bernhard Stefan Bernhard ... Shieldfire Master #2
Michael Rhys Michael Rhys ... Narrator
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Sascha Merényi ... Special Force Soldier
Erec Ortmann Erec Ortmann ... Priest
Servet Dean Sari Servet Dean Sari ... Soldier
Roland Trnka Roland Trnka ... Special Force Soldier
Jolanta Warpechowski Jolanta Warpechowski ... Netherworld Woman
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The dark year 2204, in a world that has seen 73 years of continuous war. The face of conflict has changed. People kill people but they now rely on giant, intelligent battle machines to fight. Meanwhile, mankind has re-discovered the arts of magic and Shamanism and the Generals on both sides use well-trained spiritual warriors to face the threat of machines. Shamans have special senses; they are experts in all aspects of the "unseen" and the "beyond". They believe that every person, animal, plant and object has a soul. When crossing the border to the Netherworld, the Shaman can find this soul and interact with it. That is what makes him such a deadly, highly effective weapon. They can find and convert the souls of their enemies' giant battle machines in to psychological soul-to-soul confrontation. But Shamans are not invulnerable. They are just people and can be killed like anyone else. Shaman Joshua Van Kern and his squire Lene embark on a mission to convert a giant battle colossus ...

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Country:

Austria | Japan

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English

Release Date:

18 April 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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2.35 : 1
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Impressive visually, and with a nice core idea in the dialogue scene – even if it doesn't really come together as a whole
18 December 2015 | by bob the mooSee all my reviews

I watch a lot of short films; partly because I do like the way that the short form has less pressure which means people can experiment more than they could be a bigger feature film, but also the short time means I can see contained work despite a busy schedule. As a result of this I see a lot of sci-fi shorts that are looking to be the next big blockbuster by getting picked up by a studio. Some of these proof-of-concepts are pretty good, and deliver on their own terms as a short film too; however many of them are little more than special effects showreels that deliver nothing to the viewer of the short. I tend not to like them for this very reason.

With The Shaman, there is an element of that. We are thrown into a world that I really didn't understand, and into a battle of effects and noise. So far so dull I was thinking, however the main body of the short is a dialogue scene which is actually quite a good idea and had potential to make the film more than just telling me the producers had access to some very powerful computers. It doesn't quite manage to deliver on this potential though, and the film ended up being one that I liked for trying to be more than just the usual 'sci-fi pitch' short film, but yet it never really sparkled as the design and smart central scene device suggested it would.


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