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In February, we wrote a piece about an upcoming collaboration between Philips and five filmmakers from Ridley Scott Associates, called Parallel Lines. Scott’s commercial division RSA was asked to create a series of groundbreaking short films in a genre of their choice, using “the same unifying theme.” RSA directors submitted forty-five treatments and Philips selected five it believed were most ground-breaking: Jake Scott, Greg Fay, Johnny Hardstaff, Carl Erik Rinsch, and Hi-Sim.

Philips has released the first two short films from the project, Johnny Hardstaff‘s future film noir sci-fi thriller titled Dark Room and Hi-Sim‘s computer animated adventure Jun & the Hidden Skies.

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A few weeks ago we wrote a piece about an upcoming collaboration between Philips and five filmmakers from Ridley Scott Associates, called Parallel Lines. RSA was asked to create a series of groundbreaking short films in a genre of their choice, using “the same unifying theme.” RSA directors submitted forty-five treatments and Philips selected five it believed were most ground-breaking: Jake Scott, Greg Fay, Johnny Hardstaff, Carl Erik Rinsch, and Hi-Sim.

A few of these filmmakers have been profiled on the site in the past. Carl was originally attached to direct a remake/prequel of Alien, but that fell through, and Jake Scott guest blogged for /Film during Sundance, where his feature film Welcome to the Rileys premiered at the fest. I’m interested to see what these filmmakers can do with a narrative too big for a commercial or music video.

Philips has released a new one-minute trailer for the project, which shows a lot more footage than the previous teaser. The trailer also reveals the single piece of dialogue which became the basis for the five short film projects. Watch it now, after the jump.

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You might remember Adam Berg’s Dark Knight-Inspired Short Film Carousel which offered an exploration into one single frozen moment of time in a robbery gone wrong in one Hard Boiled-inspired continuous tracking shot. The Philips-funded short won the Film Grand Prix Winner: at the Cannes Lions International Advertising Festival.

Well Philips is hoping to recreate that magic, and this time has commissioned five filmmakers from Ridley Scott Associates to create a series of groundbreaking short films in a genre of their choice. All of the films feature the same unifying theme. RSA directors submitted forty-five treatments and Philips selected five it believed were most ground-breaking. The films explore the most popular genres of filmmaking including drama, action, animation, sci-fi and thriller, and were shot on location in Uruguay, London, Moscow, China and South Africa.

The project is entitled Parallel Lines, and the five directors are: Jake Scott, Greg Fay, Johnny Hardstaff, Carl Erik Rinsch, and Hi-Sim. A few of these filmmakers have been profiled on the site in the past. Carl was originally attached to direct a remake/prequel of Alien, but that fell through, and Jake Scott guest blogged for /Film during Sundance, where his feature film Welcome to the Rileys premiered at the fest. I’m interested to see what these filmmakers can do with a narrative too big for a commercial or music video.

You can watch a teaser trailer promoting the upcoming release of the five films, after the jump.

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