Here is another Rubén Fernández sci-fi short, Los caminos de octubre (The Roads of October). It’s about a little girl that likes to take pictures by the side of the road. Since this is science fiction you know there is a twist! It is innocent and creepy at the same time. Caminos comes after Fernández’s previous short Oasis Terminal. I loved the haunting music and sounds. Beautifully shot in Colombia. Click here to enjoy!
Recently screened at the Science Fiction and Fantasy Short Film Festival in Seattle, Alma by Pixar animator Rodrigo Blaas (Spain) is brief, sweet, and creepy. It won 2nd place. Enjoy!
UPDATE Oct. 21, 2010: From the Hollywood Reporter: “Animator Rodrigo Blaas is in negotiations to make his feature directorial debut for DreamWorks Animation, which is working with Guillermo del Toro to adapt Blaas’ award-winning short Alma into a full-length movie.”
Ataque de Pánico (Panic Attack) is a great four minute short by Uruguayans Federico Álvarez and Mauro Rondán in which we see Montevideo attacked by giant robots and enemy spacecraft. It is refreshing to see this city’s landmarks attacked by aliens, since I thought aliens only knew about the U.S. and Japan. Go Montevideo! (Oh, wait…)
Filmed in 2006, it took Álvarez and Rondán 6 months of work (over two years) to finalize it. They spent around $300 U.S. dollars, making it a low-budget marvel considering how cool it looks. The pair also developed a different video clip for Uruguayan band Snake at the same time they worked on the short.
See the entire short here (music is In The House – In A Heartbeat from the 28 Days Later soundtrack):
UPDATE (11/28/09): Uruguay newspaper El País informs that Federico Álvarez will commence pre-production on a feature length film (ironically without robots) with a budget of at least 30 million dollars. His Panic Attack video was seen by the powers that be in Hollywood, and like a dream come true, they came knocking and now we will have another scifi Latino film!
Álvarez signed a contract with Sam Raimi’s production company along with co-screenwriter Rodolfo Sayagués. So far they haven’t released any other information about the movie other than it’s going to be science fiction and that the pair will have creative control. This is exciting news and I wish them the best of luck!
Check out the dystopian short Oasis Terminal by Colombian filmmaker Rubén Fernández. The story is about a young man that dreams of finding The Oasis, a genetic vault that contains all the necessary biological material to restart the world after war ravages the planet. There is of course, a real seed vault near the North Pole, and I am surprised there haven’t been more films relating to this genetic holy grail. The plot follows a day in the life of this young man, a soldier of one of the many human factions left on Earth. Watch for the use of “Radioactive Cam” that makes you feel grateful for the air we breathe.
The entire short can be watched here.