Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Quick Commentary on ATROPA - Sci Fi Short

If you haven't seen ATROPA then do yourself a favor and take a moment to watch this pretty damn impressive production.
Watching this short is like taking a step back in time to the late 80's sci fi VHS tape movie rental place  in Boston where I used to work. Everything about this production screams sci fi 1989 but in a good way. As a teaser pitch the short does exactly what its supposed to. The production get's me jazzed to see more. A very impressive effort on the production's part, and while there have been a ton of shorts out there, this one clicks off all of the old school  boxes right down the line.
The script takes its time and this is a really nice set up for a story. The acting and performance gives subtle hints of more to come and the short doesn't pander to its audience. 

According To Vimeo: 

An Off-World Detective investigates the missing research vessel ATROPA. Concept short inspired by '70s and '80s sci-fi classics like Alien and Blade Runner.
Directed by Eli Sasich • Written by Clay Tolbert

(Agent) Trevor Astbury • CAA
(Manager) Eric Williams • Zero Gravity Management

Produced by Chris Bryant 

Co-Produced by Lieren Stuivenvolt Allen 
Director of Photography Greg Cotten
Production Designer Alec Contestabile
Edited by Zachary Anderson
Music by Kevin Riepl
Visual Effects by Ryan Wieber
VFX Supervisors Ryan Wieber & Tobias Richter 
Spaceship VFX by Tobias Richter & The Light Works


Anthony Bonaventura
Jeannie Bolet
David M. Edelstien
Ben Kliewer
Chris Voss

Nice effects and well casted actors. It would be so cool to see a full length movie out of this. The script is original and the ideas here right out of the gate are like something we would see in a big Hollywood movie effort. I want more and I'm really happy to have stumbled on it.
Could this be used for a set up for an old school rpg adventure? Very much so and a DM could learn a thing or two from the pacing, story telling, and timing of this little gem of a short. 


  1. Thanks Fractelbat, I've got more of this sort of material coming up soon.


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