This sweeping indie sci-fi film was shot entirely by autonomous drones

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Sep 28, 2016, 1:24 PM EDT

Drone cameras are being used in just about everything nowadays, from sports coverage to emergency response, but what happens when you shoot a movie entirely from the sky?

Dubbed In the Robot Skies, the indie film is focused on a love story told in a near-future police state where drones are a key piece of the surveillance equation. Which is an extremely clever way to incorporate the gimmick into the DNA of the story, and you have to give director Liam Young props for putting those pieces together. The film claims to be the first film shot entirely by autonomous, pre-programmed drones.

Here’s the synopsis for the project:

From the eyes of the drones we see two teenagers each held by police order within the digital confines of their own council estate tower block in London. A network of drones survey the council estates, as a roving flock off cctv cameras and our two characters are kept apart by this autonomous aerial infrastructure. We watch as they pass notes to each other via their own hacked and decorated drone, like kids in an old fashioned classroom, scribbling messages with biro on paper, balling it up and stowing it in their drones.. In this near future city drones form both agents of state surveillance but also become co-opted as the aerial vehicles through which two teens fall in love.

In the Robot Skies is slated to debut at the London Film Festival in October.

Until then, check out the trailer below and let us know what you think: