Watch: 3D Animated Sci-Fi Short Film 'Sumer' Made by Alvaro García

October 7, 2015
Source: Vimeo

Sumer Short Film

"I'm sorry that you have to grow up in this place. Alone." We haven't featured a sci-fi short film in a while, so here's something to feast your eyes on. Sumer is a 3D animated futuristic short set on a desolate Earth. It's directed by Alvaro García, who has worked in the VFX industry in London for a while. There are a few really nice moments and unique creations in this, though it definitely has a Tron Legacy vibe in the second half but that might just be because of the music. I like where it all leads to at the end, at least there's some hope out there. Sumer played at over 50 festivals, including the Cleveland Film Festival and the Newport Beach Film Festival, picking up awards at a few of them. Watch below, and don't be too harsh on it. Enjoy!

Description from Vimeo: "For unknown reasons, the Earth's ionosphere has weakened dramatically during the course of the last century, resulting in the collapse of the entire ecosystem. Earth has become an increasingly hostile and uninhabitable place and with no shield to protect it, it is at the full mercy of meteors. All animal and plant species perished decades ago. All that remains is one small group of humans who attempt to resist the hostility and hardness of the external environment from SUMER, the last hive city in the world, which has been specifically designed to keep the population alive through oxygen supply systems… A young boy, Hermes, lives alone in a compartment, the property of the government, which is located close to the wall that delimits the city, an area that is highly guarded by the SSW (SUMER Security Watchers)." Sumer is directed by VFX veteran Alvaro García. For more info, visit the film's official site.

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A vaguely interesting sketch of a future world, though it seems a little dated for some reason. Ultimately, this is just a VFX reel. Beautiful visuals alone do not make a story. We see this over and over. It seems that visual effects artists think they know story because they work with storytellers on film or TV projects. Suddenly they think they are a writer/director. Storytelling is an art that takes at least as long to learn as making beautiful visuals - probably much, much longer. Why can't these guys just work with a writer? That would make all this effort much more worth while... to everyone.

Swanland on Oct 7, 2015


I saw this piece at a Sci Fi Festival in Phoenix about two months ago. I liked it a lot!

Why? on Oct 7, 2015


Looks good. These little Vimeo sci-fi joints are all pretty good. Surprisingly so.

DAVIDPD on Oct 7, 2015


I agree....there are a lot of them, and they're mostly well done and entertaining. Check out "The OceanMaker" if you haven't already. Mind blowing animation....

TheOct8pus on Oct 7, 2015


Get that forest logged up and on the bbq, no probs. Quite liked it.

Carpola on Oct 7, 2015


Has anyone seen "The OceanMaker"? It's another post-apocalyptic animated short. Highly recommended....allegedly it's going to be a feature film (but it seems like that's what they all say)

TheOct8pus on Oct 7, 2015


That was decent. Cheers! I liked the landscapes a lot at the beginning.

Carpola on Oct 7, 2015


I liked it. I thought the details were well done - you can see nuts, bolts, rust, scratches etc., giving everything a grittier feel, rather than a glossed over CGI look....and in 10 minutes it tells a complete story which runs the emotional gamut.

TheOct8pus on Oct 8, 2015


Damn that voice at the beginning was annoying as crap. Also, how did we cause our own self destruction if an asteroid hit the planet. OK ok... now the main movie is starting. Brb...

backwardsprogress on Oct 8, 2015


WTF... did that kid just jump from a 3 story building and not break his legs. Ah cmon.... alright fine purple feather... moving the story right along...

backwardsprogress on Oct 8, 2015


Seriously, that helmet makes no sense. The weight balance could not justify wearing something that big and heavy without some sort of support at the neck.

backwardsprogress on Oct 8, 2015


the crash off that motobike would have killed him... just saying...

backwardsprogress on Oct 8, 2015


Eh... ok ending.

backwardsprogress on Oct 8, 2015

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