Watch This: Homemade 'Matrix' Fan Film 'Trickster' with a Sentinel

March 12, 2014
Source: Vimeo

Trickster Matrix Fan-Film

Yes! Time to jump back into The Matrix with a fantastic fan-film made in Colombia by filmmaker Felix Joleanes titled Trickster. The short stars Brigitte Hernández and a sentinel, which was the idea behind the project. Joleanes wanted to test his skills in visual effects, so he was challenged to create a video with a 3D Sentinel model he built on his own. This short is the result of that suggestion, and it's actually kind of awesome, I must admit. Even though the Sentinel isn't always spot on, the action and suspense is there, and it's just a perfect little throwback to one of my favorite sci-fi films that I'm happy to be reminded of any day.

Here's the Trickster fan-film to watch in full, embedded directly from Felix Joleanes' Vimeo page:

Thanks to SlashFilm for the tip. Trickster is a live-action short based on the Wachowskis' The Matrix, it's a "fan-made film to see how far we can go with our skills in Film making and Visual effects," says director Felix Joleanes. From Vimeo: "The project was born in 2013 when Antonio, a friend of mine, suggested to make a video with a Sentinel 3D model that i made some time ago for fun. I was hooked since the beginning with the idea, [sic] i wrote a small synopsis and then a 3 page script, the project started to grow more than i expected. At the beginning we only thought of making a small visual effects integration video and then we ended up with a 3 minute live action short film." The music was composed by Alejandro Ramírez - his blog.

This project was made in Colombia, and it was shot near Bogotá using a GH3 Camera and some Rokinon Lenses. Joleanes has also been posting to a production blog. You can also watch the original 3D Sentinel animation test video from last year. For more on Trickster visit Vimeo or the film's site. Did you enjoy it?

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it was decent, better stylized color correction or compositing filters would of made this look pro. The animation and rendering of the Sentinel is 100% top notch, and the ship looked great.

shane willett on Mar 12, 2014


Not bad! Wish there was a little more to it, but other than that, probably one of the best "fan films" i've seen.

Danimal on Mar 12, 2014


If it was one of the best "fan films" you have seen so far, the you saw very little my friend.

Szkari on Mar 12, 2014


Also true lol. I think I meant more on the SFX aspect.

Danimal on Mar 12, 2014


Some really good stuff happening here, and some really poor and over looked things. The fact that this thing is glowing bright red and isn't lighting up any thing around it for the entire movie makes it look like it was placed ontop of the footage rather than into it. Other than that it's got some impressive CGI, great texture work. Really liked their sky replacement, it could have been more dynamic though.

Kento on Mar 12, 2014


I reckon with some grain and faking the glows it woful d have looked good. Maybe adjusting the levels of the shadow as the machine went off to the distance. But it was well made and scripted. 🙂 Geoff Darrow's designs are unreal.

Carpola on Mar 15, 2014

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