Incredible 30 Min Sci-Fi Short Film 'The Leap' by Karel van Bellingen

July 16, 2015
Source: Vimeo

The Leap

"Nine months in the dark, freezing cold, sharing breathers." This is cool. Get ready for a deep dive with this short film, titled The Leap, from Belgian director Karel van Bellingen. The short takes place on the "Old World", meaning Earth after a "New Earth" is discovered in 2069. Millions of people left back on the old Earth cannot afford the "leap" to the new Earth, so it becomes their dream and they'll figure out any way to get there. Which is why the IPMA exists, the Interplanetary Migration Administration, in order to police and manage the growing human trafficking problem. There are definitely some strong Blade Runner influences in this, but it also has a slightly different story to tell. Thanks to Geek Tyrant for the tip. Fire this up below.

The Leap

Synopsis from Vimeo: In 2069, New Earth is declared open for civilian migration, a decade after its discovery. As tales of wonder and opportunity reach the Old World, taking ‘the leap’ becomes the dream of millions. Unable to afford the journey, many of the less fortunate risk their lives being smuggled aboard cargo ships. The inter-planetary Migration Administration, or IPMA, deals with human trafficking on a biblical scale. Fifteen years later, Jacob Reiss, a disillusioned IPMA veteran, has a fateful encounter with a young cartel prostitute. A meeting that forces him to confront a dark chapter from his past in order to save them both from a bleak future in one final, violent shot at redemption. The Leap is written, designed & directed by Karel van Bellingen. For more info, visit the Vimeo page or the short's official site. Thoughts?

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it's realy realy good and that with a micro budget. The visuals look stunning and blade runner a like! The strangest thing The director is from my neighboring country and they speak Dutch and French overthere , but in this great movie they speak flawlessly English. Great move.... I am very impressed by it, thanks for sharing this.

ari smulders on Jul 16, 2015


Braw wee film, well impressed and especially the music score......Lovely jubbly.

LV 426 on Jul 16, 2015


Not half that bad. Realy well executed and probably quite expensive for a short, granted a half hour long. The soundtrack reminded me of Oblivion at some points.

Armitall on Jul 16, 2015


That was so good. I want to know how they made it. Effects were solid.

Franklin Carpio on Jul 16, 2015


I've noticed lately that there has been a lot of good quality shorts showing up in Youtube and I guess here as well.

neil on Jul 16, 2015


Is it just me, or as these sci-fi shorts are all starting to look the same.

Trey Wilson on Jul 16, 2015


Yea... Always looking for new/different/unique stuff, but not often finding it. Making sure it's polished and looks good is just as important.

Alex Billington on Jul 16, 2015


Well polished! Thanks for the share, AB!

DAVIDPD on Jul 16, 2015


Borrowed just a 'few ideas' from blade runner I'd say.

ff on Jul 21, 2015

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