Giving amateur filmmakers everywhere hope, comic book artist Jesus Orellana’s short sci-fi film ‘Rosa’ has been picked up by 20th Century Fox. Orellana created the CGI mini masterpiece on his home computer, having never directed anything in his entire life. And there’s the small detail that his short had no budget. Orellana created the film to grab the attention of studios, pitching a feature. Now, he will see his dream come to fruition under his own direction.
The feature length adaptation will get a new screen writer and will be based on the storyline from the nine minute and fifty second short. Fox became interested after a string of festival screenings, including the Seattle International Film Festival and the Sitges International Film Festival.
Orellana describes his creation: “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 piece is impressive, especially considering the limited resources behind it. Personally, I think the ten minutes of ‘Rosa’ are better than ‘Ultra Violet’ and the live-action ‘Aeon Flux’ combined. Certainly this will be superior to other things people do with their computers to get the attention of producers (‘$h*! My Dad Says’, I’m looking at you). Watch the video and let us know what you think: