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Is “Blinky” the horrible reality of a robotic future?

Although Hollywood films warn of sentient artificial intelligence looking to overthrow and exterminate its human creators, they’re mostly a reason for their big-name stars to jump through the air in slow-motion while dual-wielding rocket-propelled grenade launchers while a hovership explodes behind them. Blinky, on the other hand, paints a much more likely reality of the dangers we may soon face as intelligent robotics become as commonplace as smartphones and voice-activated assistants like Siri.

Blinky is a short film written, directed, and edited by Ruairi Robinson. The budget was 45,000 euro (approximately $60K U.S.) for the actual shoot, while the extensive visual effects were done almost entirely by Robinson himself. “Visual effects were completed over a period of 9 months, of hell,” says Robinson. “There’s a reason why you don’t see too many wet CG characters in movies even with 100 million dollar budgets. It’s really, really hard.”

“I designed Blinky, modeled him in 3D and played both [his] voice and the body mocap performance,” the filmmaker wrote on the video’s Vimeo page. “Thankfully all footage of me in the skintight mocap suit has been permanently destroyed.”