Watch: JJ Palomo's Sci-Fi Short 'Keloid' with Badass Robot Armies

October 3, 2013
Source: THR

Keloid Sci-Fi Short

What if your only hope, was your own demise? Batten down the hatches before watching this. There's a sci-fi short film called Keloid (or K3loid) from JJ Palomo that is making its way around Hollywood. THR reports that Roy Lee has already partnered with IAM Entertainment to develop this into a feature, with an "expansive" take on the story we get in this 3-minute short. Set in Russia in the future, it's basically robots against robots and men in mech suits. The effects are by "Big Lazy Robot" VFX and its six-man crew, who worked on Carl Rinsch's short The Gift. This took two years to finish "with the purpose of giving free reign to the creative aspects of production that many times are so much missed." From now on, you are set free.

From Vimeo: In a not too distant future, societies of all countries come to rely on an intricate network of artificial intelligence devices designed to bring efficacy to man's life. Yet, man continues to devour himself in useless wars. A strong political hierarchy now divides all powers into three factions, and A.I. devices rapidly gain ground as efficiency becomes a priority. As social revolts grow worse everyday, authorities seek ways to control their citizens. They decide to carry out a series of tests that will determine not only whether some crucial powers can be transferred to non human entities, but also whether man is ready to yield those powers. "Keloid is not about robots, it is about men." Directed by JJ Palomo, music and sound design by Full Basstards, and effects work by Big Lazy Robot. For more info visit this site. How was that?

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  • Needs more dubstep. ...but seriously, really awesome short! VFX and all the robot designs are beautiful.
  • Scotty97
    I don't know if it's your ads or those embedded in the video, but it just keeps freezing my PC :-/ Looks cool from the write up.
  • ff
    Should be enough to get them a job in VFX. Looks good.
  • Dan Hibiki
    Guessing Aaron Beck is going to be getting a lot more concept art work in the next couple of years.
  • Sicccck
  • axalon
    Wow, nice find Alex! Some seriously impressive visuals. My only gripe is that it clung a little close to popular trailer tropes. Especially all the BWAAHHHHH!!!!!
  • Snowmanfloza
    Great, so cool, love the sounds and dub step even though a lot of people use that. I would love to watch a full movie of this.
  • MovieLuvr
    Really all the little film/commercial's Big Lazy Robot made that can be found with Alex's link above are all surprisingly good. Well, except maybe the Merc commercial - whew it just was so looong. But one for Phillips was incredible, as was the Greyhound segment for Absolut. Great find!
  • Such heroic nonsense
    why do we care about short films?!
    • For many reasons. Not only do they show us the potential of filmmaking on a limited budget, but they also give us a glimpse of the future of storytelling since many of the filmmakers behind them are on their way to making full-length features. Shorts are exciting and inspiring, filmmakers can experiment and try new things that they wouldn't normally try on a feature, and it forces them to hone their storytelling skills. We love featuring shorts because they provide us such a unique look at so many different cinematic visions in a small package. If you're not interested in any shorts, then just skip them.
    • Joe
      Short filmmakers are now making up some of Hollywood's biggest talent... Ever heard of Neill Blomkamp?
  • Trey Wilson
    These are just VFX reels. Doesn't mean the kid who makes it can helm a $250 million movie - or can tell a story. Almost all the sci-fi shorts coming out these days, look and sound the same - robot uprisings, etc. Sorry if I seem a little unimpressed.
  • Elliott
    Stellar color grading and overall aesthetic...these guys will be busy
  • Eric Wilson
    It feels more like a music video for whatever that subsets song was playing. It didn't seem to have a defined plot at all.




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