There’s no other lover of post-apocalyptic cinema than I, and Factory Fiffeen’s short film “Gamma” is right up the alley for anyone in search of a bleak piece of cinema that examines the end of the world thanks to giant corporations and our ability to search for easy fixes. Factory Fifteen’s short is something of a gem simply because to accentuate this world that has been lost to radiation and reduced to ruins, the film crew resorted to filming an enormous portion of the short in the ruins of Chernobyl.
Filmed in an around the Ukraine and Kazakhstan, “Gamma” reveals a world destroyed by waste and radiation by implementing the ruined cities of Chernobyl and implementing a greater portion of CGI to reveal this new world. After being drowned in waste and radiation, a corporation has developed a new breed of fungi to soak and consume the hazard in and around the land. But a massive mistake has transformed the fungi in to massive monsters that have latched on to buildings and structures and are now spewing the waste in to halls and corridors, trapping denizens and making the process of restoring the land ever more futile.
“Gamma” is a testament to the futility of easy solutions and presents an immaculate view of desolation and bleak terrain that focuses more on the action rather than the dialogue. This won’t be for everyone, but it’s surely a short worth watching. While this won’t appeal to all cineastes, it’s most definitely a short worth looking out for for fans of art house and apocalyptic cinema that doesn’t spoon feed its story to its audience. With impressive cinematography, special effects and gutsy settings, “Gamma” is one of a kind.