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The dark year 2204, in a world that has seen 73 years of continuous war. A Shaman is sent on a mission to convert the soul of a giant battle colossus.

“The Shaman” by Marco Kalantari

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The dark year 2204, in a world that has seen 73 years of continuous war. Recently mankind re-discovered the arts of Shamanism. The Shaman’s school of thought believes that every person or object has a soul. During battle Shamans step over into the Netherworld to find and convert the souls of their enemies’ giant battle machines. This tactic enables a single man to overcome an invincibly seeming steel monster. This is the story of Joshua, a Shaman, who is sent on a mission to convert the soul of a giant battle colossus. He does not yet know that the soul is prepared for his coming and that the deadly psychological soul-to-soul confrontation in the Netherworld will be on eye level.

“The Shaman” Credits:
Written, produced and directed by
Marco Kalantari

The Shaman
Danny Shayler

David Sayers

Soul of the Colossus
Susanne Wuest

Edmund Jaeger

Kid Soldier
Adam Thomas Wright

Shieldfire Master #1
Anton Noori

Shieldfire Master #2
Stefan Bernhard

Erec Ortmann

Joshua as a Kid
Samuel Jung

Crying Soldier
Simon Jaritz

Soul #1
Jolanta Warpechowski

Soul #2
Alan Key

Soul #3
Ina Chrudina

Shieldfire Master double #1
Arnór Gunnar

Shieldfire Master double #2
Hjalti Sveinsson

Michael Rhys

Executive Producers / Production Managers
Christine Ajayi
Ernst Golda

Director of Photography
Thomas Kiennast

1st Assistant Director
Martin Kirchner

Casting Director
Mark Summers

Art Director
Fiona Brady
Mira König

Costume Designer
Ulé Barcelos

Combat Gear Designer
Henri-Paul Jenewein

Elfriede Hasenhütl
Liane Baal


Sound Recording Master
Manuel Grandpierre

Sound Design
Nils Kirchhoff

Re-Recording Engineer
Bernhard Maisch

VFX Supervisor
Lau Kia Hau

Production Supervisor
Roman Haschberger

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  1. "The Shaman" was created by the fantastic Marco Kalantari and his incredibly talented crew. Be sure to check out film's socials and website to explore and engage with the world more:

  2. Need a full movie or series please 🙏

  3. Mainstream Hollywood only wishes they could produce such quality films as Dust.

  4. This would make a great movie. It has the potential of being a great movie. Someone in Hollywood should pick it up. I have watched it several times. It never gets old !

  5. It's a shame that the miniseries format seems to be absolutely abandoned these days, because a story like this fits perfectly in a 3 or 4 one hour per episode series.

  6. Brilliant, creative, clever, but most of all very original .🤩
    Makes Hollywood look second rate.

  7. This was the most refreshingly orignal content that I have seen in a long time. A fantastic concept. Thanks.

  8. The price of “faith and spiritual purity”. Man made.
    This was extremely well done. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

  9. a bit confusing… would be nice to understand a bit more – loved the colossus scene

  10. This is a beautiful work of art. The story, even though it's just barely 16 minutes long, are crystal clear. I went from like "what is this shaman thing", to "what the hell can a (traditional??) shaman do in future warfare?", to finally "ohhh so that's it!" moments. Contrary to other comments here, I believe this need not full length feature adaption. This 16 minute film is a beautiful complete masterpiece by itself, no need to ruin it with shallow drama. Excellently done!

  11. It's OK I like how they jumped right into it
    But with a storyline like this you need more time to have a feel of what's really going on ,7/10

  12. I was recommended this short from my brother and I can see why. If this does not get extended into a feature film, I can definitely see a television run out of this little project. Something TNT would air.

  13. I really wanted to give this a thumbs up …but wth happens, does the tower fall, ya but it's not clear or how the robot helped and …why? Probably I'm thick,but just 1 minute …30 seconds?

  14. That dude Gareth from the Office?

  15. I wish I could 'Like' this every time I watch this nice piece of work.

  16. Tip of the Fedora to you Marco Kalantari, awesome imagination filled reel, thank you.

  17. This movie has very little to do with being a shaman. I mean sure, the movie is good for what it's worth but that's not how being a shaman works. In fact the movie has nothing to do with being a shaman at all.

  18. With all this GLORIOUS original content available by such talented writers, I can't help but wonder why we keep getting rehashed comic book stories from the 1950's.

  19. There's so much more to the story. That nibble you gave us WAS delicious and now I crave more.
    I really enjoyed your glimpse into that bleak future and now I want to know how the story begins and ends.
    You only showed us a few brief moments of the middle of the tale.

  20. Very awesomely awesome cool, and fantastically fantastic short film, I absolutely totally loved loved loved and enjoyed it,
    Great job and well done.
    I so definitely absolutely totally got a mega ton of inspiration for the novella series Mysteriarch Mythos That I’m writing book 1 for.

  21. I sense some inspiration from sci fi animes like Neon Genesis Evangelion for example. 🙂 Whether or not this is the case, this is a brilliantly produced piece of art! It was a joy to watch. The lead actor gave me Paul Bettany in Priest vibes but I love the concept of Shamans.

  22. Always split the heads of TRAITORS…man mother or children. KORE KORE KORETAKE!!!

  23. the wounded healers… well done in capturing that essence.

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