First Look: Concept Art from Carl Erik Rinsch's Project 'Small'

April 9, 2010
Source: SlashFilm

Carl Erik Rinsch's Small

Yesterday we featured an amazing short film from commercials director Carl Erik Rinsch called The Gift (watch it here) that had a sci-fi story featuring robots set in a futuristic Russia. Later in the day, Heat Vision reported that a bidding war between Warner Bros and Fox had broken out over rights to a feature version of the short. SlashFilm is saying that is the case, but claiming that the short was actually created as a prologue to a feature that Rinsch has already written and packaged called Small. The go along with all of that news, they got their hands on two awesome concept art photos from that project, which already looks incredible.

Check out both of the concept art photos directly below, with more details on the project underneath them.

Carl Erik Rinsch's Small - Concept Art

Carl Erik Rinsch's Small - Concept Art

The story picks up directly where the short leaves off, so if you were upset about that abrupt ending, don't worry, it continues. The concept art was created by J.J. Palomo's FX company in Spain, who Rinsch already works with on his commercials. He used his own money to fund the development of this project, including this early art. We're not sure how that space pod and snow-suit mech fit into this, but it looks pretty damn cool, to say the least. Rinsch has also apparently said that it's a mix between "2001, Blade Runner and Doctor Zhivago, with a bit of Bourne-style action." Damn, I cannot wait to see this guy direct a feature! How soon until that happens? Because I'm pretty much foaming at the mouth for a Rinsch-directed movie!

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Reader Feedback - 27 Comments


looks fucking awesome!

Xerxex on Apr 9, 2010


cool.. robo suit. ah when will they make live version of Neon Genesis Evangelion

oot on Apr 9, 2010


looks good

Trey M on Apr 9, 2010


When people were criticising the logic of the short, and why the robot runs off rather than just go home, I had a thought. On the surface that seems like a fair criticism, but what if the robot has become self aware and is sick of the life of drudgery he has as a servant, so when his master is killed he sees an opportunity to make a run for it with the mysterious box and whatever it contains... or maybe I'm overthinking it!

Mathieu on Apr 9, 2010


Can't wait for this film, if it's as good as the short...

tir na nog on Apr 9, 2010


I'm liking this guy. I see a lot of neill blomkamp in his creative style tho. Lets see a team up! πŸ˜€

Hedgehog on Apr 9, 2010


#5 These days a Knighthood is more of an award for excellence in your field or contribution to society, that kind of thing.

Mathieu on Apr 9, 2010


By the way, anyone else getting a Moebius vibe off these designs? No wonder Scott wanted this man to helm the Alien prequel (that and the fact he's having it away with Scott's daughter!)

Mathieu on Apr 9, 2010


#2 i am also wondering that i heard its going through develpoment hell at the moment...shitty cuz that movie would be awsome to see!!!

cesking on Apr 9, 2010


Wow...that's some groundbreaking shit! I agree with an earlier post to "The Gift" short, this guy should direct "AKIRA". The moment the robot crashed in the short,I was thinking to myself how, frame for frame, it looked like the motorcycle crash in AKIRA. He is clearly inspired by Katsuhiro Γ”tomo's work. Can't wait to see this SMALL. "In Mother Russia you don't get into robot, robot get into you"

jeffrey on Apr 9, 2010


This guys work looks nasty!

Jake the snake on Apr 9, 2010


#4, I took it as the robot was somehow in on what was happening with the dude that killed the older dude. Like he was in on it. I just keep wondering what's in the box and now it's titled "Small". Maybe there's a small universe in the box or something?

S on Apr 9, 2010


Wait why does it say concept art?... that looks really real for me! Looking forward to this!

Quaked2023 on Apr 9, 2010


idk i have a sense of i-robot meets babylon a.d. but this guy definantly should look into directing akira and neon genises evangelion..oh yea

K-Ike on Apr 9, 2010


@ Mathieu Sorto does have a Moebius vibe, he'll need to watch, Ridley will be ripping him off too, he he. The robot really reminded me of the machine from this video by Johnny Hardstaff: It appears about 2.40 A lot of the decals are quite different from the usual mecha stuff. Also his concept work is pretty good too, have a look on his site: On the Akira/Otomo influence, I don't know many folk that aren't inspired in some way by that film.

Crapola on Apr 9, 2010


This was a great short, but I must say the following: The imagery looks like it took very liberally from Valve Games Half Life 2.

Eric on Apr 9, 2010


The next District 9 deserved hype. I'm so fucking in! We need more smart exciting sci-fi.

Johnny Neat on Apr 9, 2010


I've now been watching this man's commercials, and I agree he's great. I disagree that he should direct Akira, Half Life or any other adaptation. Those intellectual properties have their products, and I want Rinsch to make his own. This is because Blomkamp did such a fantastic job with District 9 and not Halo. People this good deserve to do what they want.

prestron on Apr 9, 2010


#13 - That's an interesting take, and certainly possible. It'll be fun to see how this all pans out in the full length feature. Stretching the short out as it is to 90 minutes/2 hours probably wouldn't work, but as a prologue to a larger story I can see the massive potential in this. Stylish, atmospheric sci-fi, the sort of thing David Fincher ought to be doing with his career, in my opinion. Alien 3 obviously scared him off, but we do have Heavy Metal to look forward to, I suppose! #14 - I know what you mean. These look more like photographs of test models/miniatures than 'art,' but I guess that term is being used here as a catch-all for all the pre-production work, rather than just for concept drawings. I love that they're going to be building some practical things, rather than CG-ing it all.

Mathieu on Apr 9, 2010


#5 One of the dumbest comments I've had the pleasure (or displeasure) to read here. Keep it up!!

Tomi on Apr 9, 2010


wicked πŸ™‚ i wana see it πŸ˜€

DaftPUNKFAN on Apr 9, 2010


Does anyone remember the short from last year that was also a total ripoff of Half-Life 2? It was a bunch of soldiers that look exactly these "security" figures chasing some dude through a house and on a bus and it was crazy action. Does anyone remember what that was called or who did it?

jake the snake on Apr 9, 2010


No#22, Jake The Snake. I think you are thinking about that short with some dude and a box? Running around a small town in The Nederlands with combine soldiers(Half-Life) chasing him? Pretty cool, and lots of imagery and sounds from the Half-Life games. "Whats in the Box?" In The Gift, the soldiers look and sound similar as the ones in Half-Life. Needless to say, the makers of these shorts are fans of Valves iconic games. Let's just hope will see a film of Dr.Freeman soon πŸ™‚ Back to the 2 images above(and his short The Gift) I'd pay to see a film by this guy, really love what I have seen so far.

David Banner on Apr 9, 2010


#23 David Banner that's the video. thanks brother! I would love to see a movie with Freeman in it but I don't think it will ever happen. we can dream though.

jake the snake on Apr 9, 2010


Are those remote control sub-arms? I think someone's been reading Appleseed! ;D

Joseph on Apr 10, 2010



MARY on Apr 12, 2010


Most. Desired. Movie. Ever.

Wylles on Apr 12, 2010

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