Watch: Fascinating Sci-Fi Short 'Robbie' Made from NASA Footage

September 5, 2012
Source: Vimeo


"My name is Robbie. I am from a planet called Earth. It is part of a 4 billion year old solar system." We always love getting tipped to see some fascinating filmmaking, especially if it's sci-fi. A reader named Ronny told me to check out this short called Robbie on Vimeo, created by Australian director Neil Harvey. The video is a short created by Harvey as an anniversary present for his girlfriend a few months ago. It was made entirely with pre-existing NASA footage that Harvey downloaded from their archives, even though it's set 6000 years the future. He creates a tragic, intriguing narrative with voiceover that's mesmerizing to watch.

"Robbie charts the existential reflections of an aging robot drifting alone through space on the last of his battery life." Harvey explains his process of creating this film on the Vimeo page: "The film-making process involved downloading about 10 hours of footage from the NASA archives and compiling a list of shots which resonated with me at some level. I did this over about 2 or 3 months when I had the spare time. From there, I put these selected shots on an editing timeline and watched them back until characters and narratives began developing in my mind. That is when I met Robbie." For more on this, visit the Pause Fest website.

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Damn. Why didn't I think of that? Beautifully done!

ryan on Sep 5, 2012


By the gods! That was brilliant! Nearly choked when Robbie decided upon a religion!

Michael Midnight on Sep 5, 2012


Loved it! Great concept and well done!

Terry Naylor on Sep 5, 2012


Wow, this is great work!

David Banner on Sep 5, 2012


Finally! A short film on here that actually has a story and ideas galore. This was fantastic. Thanks for sharing!

Greedo on Sep 5, 2012


If you ever have any suggestions for good short films, you're more than welcome to email them over and I'll take a look and possibly post one! Always looking for great films to feature.

Alex Billington on Sep 5, 2012

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