Argentine director Federico Heller’s “Uncanny Valley” is a 2015 short film about virtual reality and video games that envisioned a terrifying application of mostly-existing technology. It’s just 8 minutes long, but its scope and relevance is such that you find yourself thinking “This should be a feature film.”
We won’t go into detail about its plot—just check it out:
What became of “Uncanny Valley?” Well, back in 2015, Deadline reported that it was shown privately around Los Angeles and was “being shopped around as a feature film with multimedia aspects, with Independence Day: Resurgence scribe Carter Blanchard developing the feature take to show to investors.” With the buzz-cat essentially out of the bag, the short film was posted online. “Uncanny Valley” did not, as some were predicting, follow the development path of “Alive in Joburg”—the short by Neill Blomkamp that became District 9.
But director Federico Heller didn’t disappear. He has continued to work in film, and his most recent directorial effort has over 225 million views on YouTube. It’s the 2019 video for Lil Dicky’s “Earth:”