Right now seems to be a very good time to be an independent filmmaker in Hollywood, especially if you have some great technical skills and a more than halfway decent idea. Hollywood may be in the market to option books (Eat, Sleep, Poop), TV shows (Gilligan’s Island), toys (Stretch Armstrong) and social networking sites (The Social Network) but they also seem to be in the mood to grab up short film makers’ ideas as well.
Last year, Ghost House Pictures picked up a sharp looking sci-fi short film called Panic Attack and now a new sci-fi thriller called The Raven is garnering a lot of interest from some major Hollywood studios.
Our buddies at Latino Review gave us a heads up about this smart-looking short from Peruvian director Ricardo De Montreuil. You’ve most likely never heard his name, nor are you familiar with his work (unless you are his mom and dad, in which case welcome Mr. and Mrs. Montreuil).
The Raven was written by Montreuil and Antonio Perez and stars Victor Lopez as Chris “The Raven” Black. The movie was shot over the course of 48 hours in downtown Los Angeles on a more than modest budget of $5,000. There aren’t many lines in the film, but the action is well done and beautifully shot and the story is fairly easy to determine. According to Latino Review the story is this:
The short follows Chris Black who possesses a power that could lead to the destruction of the current regime, and they will stop at nothing to destroy him.
Watch the 6 minute short below and see what you think:
Victor Lopez (The Raven) did all of his own stunts, which mostly consists of some Parkour moves in the alley, but regardless they were well done. The real showcase here is the great CGI special effects shots that Montreuil has managed to pull off. Raven using the car to block the bullet fire of a Rumbler was my particular favorite.
The story is something that we’ve seen before and the use of free-running in a film isn’t exactly new, yet strangely I find myself wanting to see the rest of The Raven.
What did you think of the sci-fi short The Raven and would you like to see a big screen adaptation of it?
Latino Review says another short from The Raven will be released soon, so stay tuned.
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Source: Latino Review