While 3D printing is still in its early stages of attracting mainstream attention within the media, and you can still ask a group of people in a room if they know how the technology works only to receive many befuddled stares, this won’t be the case for very much longer.
While there are numerous stories pertaining to 3D printing receiving news coverage on an international scale, the technology still has yet to really push its way into the entertainment space. I’d love to see Steven Spielberg’s take on the technology for his next flick, wouldn’t you?
Well, it may not be Spielberg, or even Quentin Tarantino for that matter, but the first film to thoroughly concentrate on the very topic I live and breathe on a daily basis has finally been completed.
You may recall the Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign launched late last year for a film called ‘Caden.’ The film, which takes place in London in the year 2044, concentrated on a 9-year-old boy named Caden who is lonely and sick of being bullied at school. Instead of taking the abuse, fighting back, or turning to an adult for guidance, Caden decides to do the next best thing, 3D print a copy of himself.
While the Indiegogo project for the film, which was written and directed by Susanne Aichele and Amanda Mesaikos, failed to reach its targeted goal of £15,000 before ending on January 7, 2015, the crew still went on with production, and they have just released the very first fruits of their labor. This week Random Cat Pictures, the studio behind Caden, uploaded the trailer for the film, which they’ve renamed ‘Caleb,’ and it can be viewed below:
“With humour at its heart, it’s a fundamentally human story about family and the importance of our connections with each other in the face of advancing technology,” explains Random Cat Pictures on the film’s website.
The film stars Mark Frost and Elizabeth Healey (from ‘The Hive,’ ‘Across The River’ and ‘Croc’) as Caleb’s parents, and twins James and William Hall as Caleb and his 3D printed companion. The date of a more widespread release has not yet been announced; however, production was completed back in May and the very first screening took place on July 30th to a pleased crowd.
If you enjoy sci-fi drama and have any interest at all in 3D printing, this may be the perfect film for you. Even if it’s not, the runtime is only 15 minutes so probably is worth watching regardless. I know that I certainly will be on the lookout for news about possible screenings in my area or any possible online release that’s forthcoming.
Let us know your thoughts on this film and if you’ve had an opportunity to see it. Discuss in the ‘Caleb’ forum thread on 3DPB.com.