Watch: Mysterious Space Detective Short Film 'Atropa' by Eli Sasich

January 12, 2015

Atropa Sci-Fi Short Film

"38 days ago your beacon disappeared from radar." Wow. Here's a fantastic space adventure sci-fi short to kick off the new year. From director Eli Sasich & writer Clay Tolbert comes a 9-min short called Atropa, about an "off-world detective" who investigates a missing research vessel adrift in deep space. It's described as a concept short, for a feature or series, inspired by "'70s and '80s sci-fi classics like Alien and Blade Runner." There's some excellent VFX work in this, and some great sci-fi concepts that do really show the potential of these filmmakers. I would definitely like to see more, it almost ends too short, right when I was really getting into it and things were getting interesting. But I will still say - this is one short not to miss.

Found on Vimeo as a Staff Pick, though it says it was uploaded a year ago. Plot description: "An Off-World Detective investigates the missing research vessel ATROPA. Concept short inspired by '70s and '80s sci-fi classics like Alien and Blade Runner." Atropa is directed by Eli Sasich, written by Clay Tolbert, produced by Chris Bryant, with visual effects by Ryan Wieber, spaceship VFX by Tobias Richter & The Light Works, and music by Kevin Riepl. The cast includes Anthony Bonaventura, Jeannie Bolet, David M. Edelstien, Ben Kliewer and Chris Voss. Excellent work from everyone all around, I hope this ends up getting Sasich some feature work because I want to see him make a full-length sci-fi movie like this next. Thoughts?

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  • stanfordcrane
    It's not Ridley, but its good.
    • Ridley isn't Ridley anymore.
      • stanfordcrane
        Ridley has always been Ridley, he just isn't who many want him to be at some moment and that started with Blade Runner, which at the time wasn't well received, only to become a classic.
  • Quite enjoyed it. Not sure I'd trust the wee tunnel between the ships though without a space suit.
    DIG IT! I am so happy to watch any of these little sci-fi short films. They are really pushing the boundaries on what "little guys" can do.
  • Franklin Carpio
    I saw this a few days ago and i thought it was VERY well done. He also did a stop motion short before this called "Henri" I suggest you watch it if you liked it. The sheer talent this guy has is amazing and a true inspiration. I am looking forward to anything else he does.
  • TheOct8pus
    This reminds me a lot of the movie "Triangle" where a shipwrecked crew comes into contact with themselves in the middle of the ocean...one of my favorite films. Too bad there isn't more Atropa to watch....
  • Ryan Wieber is an incredibly talented VFX artist/director. He's the guy behind all the great Ryan vs. Dorkman lightsaber battles and since his time @ LucasArts has worked on a ton of TV/Film projects. Kudos to him!
  • Mike Zarquon
    This has that Aliens look and style about it. These guys could make the next Aliens movie or maybe, even a TV series.




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