Watch: Outstanding Sci-Fi Short 'Echo Torch' Reveals a Hidden World

November 4, 2016
Source: Vimeo

Echo Torch Short Film

Another wicked cool short film discovery - another one you must watch. Echo Torch is a sci-fi short about an inventor who builds an "electrical torch that reveals a hidden world layered upon our own." The concept itself is quite unique, and I love the visuals - you can see the cool blue torch on the poster, but to actually see it work so flawlessly in this short is wonderful. Echo Torch is directed by Chris Preksta, starring James Fitzgerald as the torchbearer. This has an awesome old school vibe to it, almost like Ghostbusters, and the VFX work is magnificent - making it that much more believable. I also appreciate how the film doesn't rely on dialogue, only just silence and great sound design. There's also a beautiful story bringing it all together.

Echo Torch Poster

Description from Vimeo: "An inventor creates an electrical torch that reveals a hidden world layered upon our own - filled with beautiful spirits, strange creatures, and dangerous phantoms." Echo Torch is written and directed by American filmmaker Chris Preksta (find him on Twitter @cpreksta), creator of a few other web series previously. His favorite movies are It's a Wonderful Life and E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial. Features an original score by Ryan Will Stewart, cinematography by John Pope. Echo Torch stars James Fitzgerald, Amy Staggs, Tony Bingham and Jonathan Visser. For more info and a behind-the-scenes look at the film, visit his official website here. Hopefully Chris gets more work soon. For more shorts, click here. Thoughts?

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  • Josh W
    That was interesting.
    Loved the short. I suspect the seeing torch was a lightsaber replica superglued to a pipe.
  • YES! He's a filmmaker from my city, Pittsburgh. He's quite talented, the marionette was actually made and filmed for the effect in the short. He also made this mini series called "Mercury Men". That's also well done. I'm sure he's going to get some sort of deal or something out of this. I'm looking forward to anything he does next.
  • Nash
    Beautiful, amazing...
    • Bo
      Amazing? You think? I think not myself. Cheers
      • Nash
        The score, the visual effects, the historic background, the chilling atmosphere, the abandoned building, the concept of a time-bending torch, the scary sounds, the fact that there is no dialogue, the concept of trying to connect two people in time, yeah, I liked everything about it...
        • Don't waste your time NAsh. It was yet another "Bob" attempt to upset posters.
          • Nash
            Thanks for the heads up, Luckily, I am not upset easily...
  • Well edited, fine pacing and a great premise for a horror movie or thriller...




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