Make Earth Great Again

Robot Ten, an environmental monitoring robot, roams the abandoned planet curiously exploring. Due to nuclear pollution and Earth's ecological changes, mutated flora and fauna emerge. During its journey, Ten encounters the previous generation, Robot Nine. After Nine warns it with a "do not approach the sun" gesture, Ten fails to comprehend the meaning. In the end, Ten, following its programming, sends a signal for human return and ecological restoration. However, human presence leads to destruction once again. Heartbroken, Ten witnesses the devastation of all it cherished and departs, understanding Nine's intent. It crawls to a shrine, attempting to warn the next generation, Robot Eleven, not to call for humans.

  • Zilin Feng
  • Songge Zhang
  • Zhedong Wu
  • Project Title (Original Language):
  • Project Type:
    Animation, Short, Student
  • Runtime:
    9 minutes 8 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    June 8, 2023
  • Production Budget:
    3,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
  • Country of Filming:
  • Language:
    Mandarin Chinese
  • Shooting Format:
    Unreal Engine
  • Film Color:
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
    Yes - Shanghai UNiversity
Director Biography - Zilin Feng

Director cinematographer visual artist
Born in Nanjing, Jiangsu Province in 1996, he graduated from the Communication University of China majoring in photography, and is currently studying MFA in film at the Shanghai Film Academy. I like to use stylized techniques to focus on real problems.

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Director Statement

Climate warming, plastic particles, the hole in the ozone layer, species extinction, the crisis of war... The short film was inspired by a piece of news I saw during the epidemic. In short, a large amount of data shows that various social production activities of human beings have been severely hindered due to the closure of cities in various countries due to the epidemic, but because of this, the ecological environment and climate conditions around the world are beginning to show signs of recovery. Reminiscent of the fact that after the severe nuclear accident in Chernobyl, humans stayed away and made the place full of greenery and vitality, becoming a paradise for animals... It seems that all environmental protection movements are not as simple and effective as making humans disappear. The absurdity in it made me start to create this story.
First of all, loneliness is the core emotional element of this short film. The No. 10 robot shuttles and explores in this beautiful and slightly fantasy world is the top priority of the audio-visual design. At the same time, because this is a one-man show with a lot of emotional scenes, the conventional audio-visual style lens design is not suitable for this short film.