Worth Watching: First Trailer for Sci-Fi Indie 'Sol' from Ben Carland

June 16, 2011
Source: Apple

Sol Trailer

"We have no idea where we are… Nobody does." Sol is a sci-fi motion picture event set in the distant future on a hostile alien planet. It follows a group of ambitious young adults as they embark upon the prestigious Sol Invictus competition in a quest to win fame and glory. Unfortunately, they got lost. This is a trailer for an odd, but fascinating indie sci-fi flick, debuted recently over on Apple. I love the score, it has an intriguing premise, but honestly, it still looks/sounds a bit too student-filmy. One of the young actors in this is Caleb Courtney, older brother of Joel Courtney, the lead kid from Super 8. I'm intrigued, at least. Check this out!

Watch the official trailer for Benjamin Carland's sci-fi film Sol:

You can also watch the Sol trailer in High Definition on Apple

Far in the future, a group of young adults stranded on a hostile alien planet have no hope of getting home.

Sol was both written and directed by American filmmaker Benjamin Carland, a filmmaking graduate of Florida State University making his feature debut after working on the short The Forgotten Future. This was mostly shot in North Carolina on a Red One camera with an estimated budget of around $250,000. The Obsidian Collective, co-founded by Ben Carland, produced Sol, but is currently looking for distribution, so this has no release date yet. For more information and updates, visit the official website:

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Reader Feedback - 16 Comments


I thought it was trekkies trekking through the desert at first.

JT on Jun 16, 2011


Looks like Trek meets Lord of the Flies

Phil Edwards on Jun 16, 2011


Definitely the year of Sci-Fi and every fanboy's wet dreams ūüėÄ

Davide Coppola on Jun 16, 2011


For anyone who has watched Stargate Universe, this seems like it is that show with some Lord of The Flies elements and costumes from the late 60's Trek show.

VM on Jun 16, 2011


So Lord of the Flies, in the future, on another planet?

Teacherkid on Jun 16, 2011


man...i'm sorry but this looks like utter crap. score is good though.

chilin on Jun 16, 2011


Or instead just read Tunnel in the Sky.

jesselikesscifi on Jun 16, 2011


No kidding.  Looks like pretty much a ripoff of the book.

ff on Jun 16, 2011


Looks beautifly shot, i cant beleive thats all north carolina. You can tell some of the actors are a bit amateurish, but that looks like that will be the only downfall of the movie

Adam L on Jun 16, 2011


Looks like trekkies playing RPG on their daddy's beach house

Toonfed on Jun 16, 2011


It was earth all along, I'm calling it!

Anonymous on Jun 16, 2011


Yea... I bet you're right dude lol.

Alex Billington on Jun 17, 2011


Whatever device is being used to capture their footage to create that semi-documentary feel is too busy. Too much stuff on that little screen. But, looks ok. I'll wait for a review or two.

Quanah on Jun 17, 2011


I applaud their effort. Creating an independently financed feature right out of school is impressive. How many film students can say that? Bravo. 

Alex O on Jun 20, 2011


From the trailer, this movie is identical to Lord Of The Flies.  Planet instead of island.  Thats the only difference.

Gregsregsister on Jul 22, 2011


This needs Val Kilmer and Fiddy Cent to give it the credibility boost it needs. Dean Cane too, perhaps.

Stevebeer60 on Jul 22, 2011

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