Sci-Fi Short Film Seed Takes A Minimal Approach To Atmosphere

By Rudie Obias | 9 years ago

So this is what loneliness looks like on a distant planet. The science fiction short film Seed manages to combine brooding atmosphere and stunning visual effects work with a dusty setting. Its minimal approach is long lasting. Check out the short film below:

The short film Seed is set in the year 2071 and follows a lonely explorer sent by a mysterious corporation to scout a distant planet called Gaia. Mankind is looking to colonize the planet, but the explorer’s journey is one of isolation and horror. Directed by Tyson Wade Johnston and featuring actor Justin Zachary, Seed gives its viewers a sense of how certain places should be left alone. It’s a gritty and musty short film that shows a lot of promise and potential from the young filmmaker. At times, it sort of plays like an extended-cut scene from a video game rather than a traditional science fiction film.

Director Tyson Wade Johnston is a 21-year-old filmmaker from Boulder, Colorado. He gained awareness from the film industry with his short film Exist. Johnston attended the New York Film Academy in New York City and currently resides in Los Angeles, California. His short film Seed was also’s Staff Picks selection.

It will be interesting to see how Johnston’s career will extend after Seed. He shows real potential to someday direct a big budget Hollywood science fiction feature film.