Friday, November 18, 2011

Fantastic Short Film Friday - Rosa (animated)

And we are back with another installment in our Fantastic Short Film Friday series, as we continue to showcase films released in the "lesser" known form of cinema- the short film.

This week we have for you an animated cgi labor of love that shows what a bit of creativity and ingenuity can do on a tight budget, but if time is money then this looks like it cost a lot. Here is a 10-minute animated action short called, Rosa from filmmaker, Jesus Orellana. It does feel a bit clunky in parts and is truly the old adage of style over substance, but the style is just so beautiful that you can forgive its shortcomings.

Screened at numerous film festivals and currently being developed as a live action film here's the synopsis from the filmmakers on Rosa (I put this here because honestly the film doesn't really explain anything):

ROSA is an epic sci-fi short film that takes place in a post-apocalyptic world where all natural life has disappeared. From the destruction awakes Rosa, a cyborg deployed from the Kernel project, mankind’s last attempt to restore the earth’s ecosystem. Rosa will soon learn that she is not the only entity that has awakened and must fight for her survival.

Rosa reminds me a lot of the anime Gantz, with the way the soldiers look and move and the stylized action and set pieces, but like a video game version of the anime. There's not a lot of substance here and again like I said before nothing is explained- there's very little characterization or plot. But the film looks beautiful and it was shot over the course of a year and for a hundred dollars so you can see the talent that Jesus Orellana possesses as an animator. I'm not sure how a live action version would do, but if it stinks at least we still have the original short.

Check this out if you love anime, video games of independent animation. Check this out if you want to see what may be the next big thing in both film and director. Enjoy this weeks dose of short film goodness in, Rosa.

ROSA from Jesús Orellana on Vimeo.

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