Kingdom Ocean is the logical endpoint of several strands of short-film practices online: high-quality footage of flora and fauna, a science fiction-inspired contemporary technology aesthetic, and a kind of emphasis on stylistic flair over narrative. There’s no guarantee of success when you try to throw together assorted elements of “cool,” but Thomas Blanchard really hit the mark with his short effort to “[immerse] you into the depths of the ocean,” heads-up display and all. Blanchard himself is rightly laudatory of the sound design of François Maire, who speeds up or slows down the pacing of the music to match the changing smoothness of the footage.

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