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It’s been a while since a short film has grabbed Hollywood’s attention like Rosa, a post-apocalyptic sci-fi animated short from Spanish comic book artist Jesus Orellana.
The featurette is getting attention from the tech and geek sites, and in the short time it’s been online (less than 24 hours), it has crossed over into the mainstream, hitting even USA Today.
Orellana works in the Spanish comic industry but harbors dreams of directing live action features. So what does he do? He creates an animated short. His logic is simple: live action costs money while animation can be done on the cheap. He taught himself the programs and spent every waking moment designing his movie from his home in Barcelona. And he did it, as he claims, with zero budget.
Here’s the description: 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.”
The short has played at the Seattle International Film Festival, then SITGES, Screamfest, Toronto After Dark, among others. It hit the Web on Thursday.
Orellana, managed by Scott Glassgold and Raymond Brothers of IAM Entertainment, is fielding interest from all the agencies and several producers, as well as a studio or two, although his goal right now is to turn Rosa into a live-action feature.
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