Drones are in the news every single day. It’s a hot topic. From combat usages to numskulls buzzing passenger jets landing and taking off at major airports. There are even cool prototypes for hikers — pull it out of your backpack, fire it up and with a Go-Cam receiver you can scout the trail ahead. Very cool.
Cinema Libre announced this past week that they will have some drone action of their own on Oct. 20 with the DVD debut of director Chad Kapper’s post-apocalyptic thriller, Rotor DR1. Kapper started this as a webisode project — much like a classic serial, with cliffhangers and the like — and generated ten chapters for online viewing and he has now edited it into a feature-length film.
A virus outbreak has ravaged the planet’s population, but delivery drones — with life-saving vaccines — continue to make their point-to-point deliveries. It all seems quite pointless as the virus has run its course. Survivors, and a teenager named Kitch (Christian Kapper) is one of them, try to avoid roving gangs and have taken to scavenging the delivery drones for their power supplies and other materials.
As the story evolves, Kitch is followed by a drone (the DR1) one day and hits upon the idea of using it to search for his father. Another teen, Maya (Natalie Welch), hooks up with him to go on his wasteland quest. But first they have to overcome the threats of 4C (Tom E. Nicholson), the leader of one of the gangs, who have also adapted the drones for their own purposes.
Rotor DR1 is fascinating, not only for the storyline, but also for Kapper’s effective use of new drone prototypes — not only is he a filmmaker, but he is the founder of Flitetest.com — throughout the film. Like we said, very cool.