From Framestore Films & Inflammable Films Production, the live-action, VFX-driven short transports viewers to a semi-submerged London of 2053; filmed with innovative first-person production techniques, the movie delivers an exciting cinematic experience.
Framestore has just released Flite, Oscar-winning VFX supervisor Tim Webber's (Gravity, The Dark Knight) directorial and writing debut. A Framestore Films & Inflammable Films Production, the futuristic live-action short starring Alba Baptista (Warrior Nun, Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris) features highly choreographed action with an unusual first-person cinematic camera, delivering an impactful and exciting experience.
Set in semi-submerged London of 2053, the action-packed film explores the nascent and underground practice of “memory visualization.” Stevie, the reigning world hoverboard champion, imprisoned in a luxury high-rise apartment by her controlling manager, is helped by the kindness of a courageous stranger and sets out on a daring and ingenious attempt at escape. All doesn’t quite go to plan.
“I had been exploring the idea of a ‘Memory Investigator’ while playing with a strong visual image I had in mind of a girl on a hoverboard teetering in a broken window of a luxury high-rise, deciding whether to flee,” explained Webber. “I realize we could bring these strands together and tell the story of Stevie, a young, champion hoverboarder, desperate to break free from an oppressive manager, through the memory of a stranger anxious to help her.”
Filmed over five days with a small cast including Baptista, Gethin Anthony (Man Hunt: Unabomber, Game of Thrones), and Daniel Lawrence Taylor (Timewasters, Uncle), Webber and his team adapted innovative production techniques initially developed on the feature film Gravity.
During its successful festival run, Flite picked up awards at HollyShorts (Best Genre), Ignite (Best Score and Best Post-Production), and North East International Film Festival (Best Director Short Film).
Experience it here:
Flite is written and directed by Webber, produced by Simon Whalley and Diarmid Scrimshaw, with animation and VFX by Framestore and color and finish by Company 3.