Archetype – A must-see no-budget sci-fi short film

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Aaron Sims is a name you’ve probably never heard of, but one that I’m guessing you’ll be remembering after today. He is a high profile concept artist who – according to his resume on IMDB – has worked on pretty much every major film of the last few years that has made use of a computer generated image in some way or form. And yet, he somehow found time in his busy schedule to crank out a 7 minute visual masterpiece called Archetype.

The film’s official blurb reads as follows:

RL7 is an eight-foot tall combat robot that goes on the run after malfunctioning with vivid memories of once being human. As its creators and the military close in, RL7 battles its way to uncovering the shocking truth behind its mysterious visions and past.

Directed by Aaron Sims
starring Robert Joy (Land of the Dead, CSI:NY) and David Anders (Heros, 24).

But enough with the pesky, time-consuming words. Crank it up to 720P and sit back and enjoy the next few minutes:

 

Seriously Hollywood, give this man mountains of money now. According to the Youtube description, Archetype had an official budget of just $0. (Yes, that’s a zero.) Imagine what he could do if he actually had real-life dollar monies. The end credits certainly hints that there is more to come. He might possibly be showcasing this in the hopes of a full length feature or series, similarly to what Kevin Tancharoen did with his recent Mortal Kombat Rebirth web series. I’ll certainly be bookmarking the official site and checking it regularly, just in case more awesomeness gets released.

PS: Did anybody else pick on the fact that in the role of War Robot 1, we have none other than Louis Letterier; director of the Transporter films, Clash of the Titans and Incredible Hulk?

Thanks to Marc “Aequitas” Luck for the tip-off about this film

Last Updated: January 24, 2012

Kervyn Cloete

A man of many passions – but very little sleep – I’ve been geeking out over movies, video games, comics, books, anime, TV series and lemon meringues as far back as I can remember. So show up for the geeky insight, stay for the delicious pastries.

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