Science fiction and fantasy films have (at least in theory) been unleashed from their creative shackles by the advent of sophisticated computer-generated effects. Most of the time, however, movies over-rely on keyboard-built shots, even when practical effects (using real people and real stuff) are cheaper and would look better.
However, this is not the case with director Ruairi Robinson’s The Leviathan proof-of-concept trailer.
First, the special effects are great, even if you’re not taking the following sentence into account. Second, the short was made on a budget of, literally, less than nothing. Not nothing, but less than nothing because the director funded the whole thing out-of-pocket, begging and borrowing the resources he needed to get it made.
No word yet on whether any studio has decided to pick up Robinson’s “Moby Dick on an alien planet” opus yet. Response on the web is mostly positive, which is a good sign.
If you want to learn a little more, Robinson sat down for an interview with Film School Rejects. Check it out At The Link!