Dirty money. Flying cars. And one chance to get off-world. Watch the 9-time award-winning Slice of Life short film set in the Blade Runner universe right here
A low-life. A cop. And one shot to get off-world. The Luka Hrgović and Dino Julius 80s-style Slice of Life short film set in the Blade Runner universe made waves in 2019 and 2021. Winning 9 awards from over 20 nominations.
And on 4 January 2023, the team surprised everyone by making the finished 25-minute short film available for everyone to watch online for free.
Watch Blade Runner-Inspired Slice of Life Short Film Right Now
About Slice of Life Short Film
The original Slice of Life short film you’re about to watch is an 80s-style short set in the Blade Runner universe. And by 80s-style, we mean it’s made in an old-school way, using only miniatures, matte paintings, rear projections and absolutely NO CGI whatsoever.
Just like your 80s Star Wars and Alien, Slice of Life really showcases the skill and talent of production team Luka Hrgović and Dino Julius.
Slice of Life Plot
A low-life drug dealer in the rainy Blade Runner universe – complete with flying cars, quaint 80s-style future tech and seedy/grungy cityscapes – has a shot at turning his life around by escaping earth to the “island worlds”.
But he’s short on credits for a ticket. And his tech malfunctions when trying to steal some cash, putting him on a cop with his own agenda’s radar.
Now it’s a race to get away from the cop, get the cash and get on that ship.
Slice of Life Creators
It’s conceived, written and directed by visual effects pro Luka Hrgović of the 2010 multi-time period story Etida and 2012 dystopian transport short Zetstapo, in conjunction with camera pro Dino Julius of the Berlin Sci-fi Presents TV mini-series and 2019 short The Egg, based on the Andy Weir story The Egg.
Lead role actor, Anton Svetic, who’s worked together with Luka Hrgović on all their previous films, is credited with contributing to the screenplay.
The Crew and Cast
Anton Svetic (Etida, Zetstapo) plays The Hero lead. With Ivica Pusticki as the Crooked Cop and Emilija Habulin as the sumptuous Off-World Girl (in the on-screen Slice of Life “ads”).
Look out for the taxi scene, to catch director Luka Hrgović making an appearance as the Taxi Driver.
Awards and Nominations
Slice of Life won 9 awards off 20 nominations, including:
- Best Fan Film & Best VFX 2019 t the Berlin Sci-fi Filmfest
- Best International Short Film 2019 at the FANTA ELX: Elche Fantastic Film Festival
- Best International Short Film and Special Mention by Visual Effects 2021 at Fixion Fest
- Short Film and September 2019 at Global Shorts, Los Angeles
- Best European fantastic short film 2020 at the Grossmann Fantastic Film and Wine Festival
- Best Sci-Fi Director and Best Sci-Fi Producer 2019 at the LA Shorts International Film Festival
- Best International Shortfilm Director 2020 at LUSCA Fantastic Film Fest
- Georges Méliès Award for Best Special Effects 2019 at the SciFi Film Festival
What People Say About the Slice of Life Short Film
“This was hands down the best short film I have ever watched, especially considering the limited budget and locations. I think this also goes to prove that miniatures still do have a place in modern filmmaking because visually this looked better than most modern sci-fi movies. I’m genuinely amazed!”
– @XeniaChow, YouTube
“What an amazing piece, it was an absolute joy watching this passion project come together over the years. Finally viewing the project in its entirety was captivating.”
– @1999legofanatic, YouTube
“God this short is an endless source of inspirstion, watching it makes me want to create and make art. So glad to see it back up on this channel, easily the best sci fi short on the platform”
– @emerymulligan596, YouTube
“Those things in life that bring you a deep joy, like favourite songs, movies and beautiful places that motivate you, can be saviours in hard times. And inspire you during better times. This is what ‘Slice of Life’ does for me.”
– @brettsalter3300, YouTube
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Note: The images on this post are all screenshots from the actual film on the Slice of Life YouTube channel.
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