Waterdrop is a sci-fi short about a close of encounter of the second kind. That’s an encounter with a physical effect – more than visual, but less than actual aliens – something animals reacting, heat or a chemical trace.
It’s a simple format. The audio tunes in the world as mankind discuss what the aliens might be like. The visual starts close and pulls back.
Ren Wang’s short is based on the Chinese science fiction novel The Dark Forest the second of the Three-Body Problem series.