Review: Indigo – The Magenta Trilogy
Lumiere Creations is a small film making enterprise located in Melbourne, Australia. It was started in 2012, when Claudia Taylor and Damian Stephenson decided to start making movies together, under the banner of Taymaynari. Their first attempt was a modern re-interpretation of “Beauty and the Beast”, but they have produced several other short films since then, including the short film Jane. After these early films, Joel Johnston of Nesbit Media decided to join the team, and thus Taymaynari became Lumiere Creations. Aside from the the “Magenta Trilogy”, they are also working on a music video and a short film called “Blue”.
In Australian film, science fiction is not one of the most common genres that is made. There have been fantastic sci-fi films of course – the Mad Maxes for instance – but it is always good to find new ideas and forays into the genre. And the short film “Indigo”, part of the Magenta Trilogy (starterd in 2012), is certainly enjoyable viewing.
It is a very short film – almost like a prologue for the following installments. “Indigo” establishes the scene – an engineer/scientist, Doctor Kathy, has been spending several years creating an artificial intelligence, dubbed Indigo. Indigo is designed to be able to think, feel and rationalise in the same way a human can. However, for the majority of the short clip, the entire program doesn’t appear to work – with the holographic projector blank and the computer screen having one of those dreaded “loading circles” that all computer users fear. Aside from the anticipation, the short clip also manages to convey a surprising amount of character development – Indigo (when she/it is revealed) is shown to have the enthusiasm that any new creation would have to the world around her; whilst Doctor Kathy is shown to be both exasperated and overjowed, as well as possibly a little idealistic. Solid character development for a clip so short as well.
The film is well produced, with stunning special effects – especially considering that Lumiere Creations is an independent franchise. The computer program itself is fantastic – the holographic projection of Indigo could easily have come from the sets of the new Star Wars film. Whilst there were some factors that did remind the viewer that it didn’t come straight from Hollywood, these are minor and don’t distract from the enjoyment.
A final aspect of the short clip that was very enjoyable was the score. An eerie, electronic keyboard manages to help create the feel of quite desperation during the early part of the film. The lack of music during parts also helped to create tension, especially when combined with the sound effects of the whirring computer and the clicking of keys on a keyboard. The sounds, especially the music, are what helps drive the pace of the film.
Overall, for those that have an interest in Australian science fiction, or films produced by independent studios, “Indigo” certainly makes for enjoyable viewing. It has an execution level that would make creaters of mainstream films give a nod of approval. Whilst short, it still manages to deliver a film that is enjoyable to watch. Even though at times the limits to the budget could be seen, these did not detract from the viewing, which is quite an impressive feat. In conclusion, a suitably enjoyable short film – the sequels will be met with much anticipation!
Find out more and check Indigo out at the Lumiere Creations website.