Watch: Mysterious Space Detective Short Film 'Atropa' by Eli Sasich
by Alex Billington
January 12, 2015
"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?