Noon is the new North Pole. A sun-drenched city in a world 250 years in the future, desolated by nuclear mining, which set off a 50-year-long earthquake, and a volcanic eruption large enough to halt the Earth's rotation. This awesome 10-minute short shows a brutal world ravaged by corruption and greed, and looking like a cross between District 9 and Judge Dredd, it's well worth a watch.

Noon was written and directed by Kasra Farahani, who has worked and directed the art on many a great film, including working with the likes of JJ Abrams, Spielberg, Michael Mann and James Cameron. It's the third scene in a completed screenplay, that's looking for funding to get the rest of it made.

I really hope he manages it, because the world and characters he's been able to develop in just 10 minutes of video is miles better than 1,000 Transformer romps. A gritty, realistic, fully-enveloping premise -- this film has to get made. [Noon via io9]