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Watch: Ruairi Robinson's 'The Leviathan' Proof-of-Concept Teaser

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March 16, 2015
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The Leviathan

"By the early 22nd century mankind had colonized many worlds…" This is awesome. We've been following Irish director Ruairi Robinson for quite some time, as he was once attached to the Akira movie (see his concept art), made that fantastic robot short Blinky, and his first feature was the sci-fi Last Days on Mars (which I wasn't a big fan of, but oh well). His latest project, or at least one of them in the works, is called The Leviathan and a proof-of-concept short teaser has just debuted online. It has kind of a Dune meets Pacific Rim vibe, with a group of "involuntary" hunters out capturing a giant flying alien beast to harvest its eggs. I love the camera work in this, and I really want to see the rest of the movie right away. Join the hunt.

The rest of the introduction at the beginning states (via Vimeo): "Faster than light travel was made possible by harvesting exotic matter from the eggs of the largest species mankind has ever seen. Those that take part in the hunt are mostly involuntary labor." The Leviathan is a new sci-fi project being created by Ruairi Robinson, director of The Last Days on Mars and Blinky (he also worked on Akira for a while), along with Jim Uhls, screenwriter on Fight Club, Jumper and Money. This was developed with the assistance of the Irish Film Board/Bord Scannán na hÉireann. As always, we'll be keeping an eye on this project and anything that Robinson is working on. Watch more short films/proof-of-concept creations from our collection here.

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Reader Feedback - 27 Comments

2

Loved the textures on the ships. Seems straight from the concept art to screen.

Carpola on Mar 16, 2015

3

Wow!

Jonathan on Mar 16, 2015

4

very rad! Actual characters and actors will make or break whatever story they have cookin'. Visually, this is great.

tree on Mar 16, 2015

5

The length some men will go to steal a beast's eggs.

DAVIDPD on Mar 16, 2015

6

As long as this isn't one of those movies that just showed us the best part, it looks awesome.

Angry Lester on Mar 17, 2015

7

Looks awesome. not sure how they can make an entire movie like this though.

Jon Odishaw on Mar 17, 2015

8

Wow. Nice. One of the better looking proof-of-concept shorts I've seen. That 3+ minutes was almost better than Godzilla! Regardless, flying sand worms... sign me up.

avconsumer2 on Mar 17, 2015

9

Despite the CGI, the hangar bay scene reminded me of Aliens. Gritty....

TheOct8pus on Mar 17, 2015

10

Not a huge fan of the creature design, but I love the world!

Why? on Mar 17, 2015

11

OMG just throw this man the next Alien script already!

Danimal on Mar 17, 2015

12

I would have kept watching for another 2 hours.

CoosCoos on Mar 17, 2015

13

Impressive...we need more main stream sci-fi movies out there like this.

Dee Kay on Mar 17, 2015

14

Robinson is the man! It would be even more suspenseful if they cut out the sounds in space and just had sounds inside the character's helmets... maybe. Amazing work all the same

Richie G on Mar 17, 2015

15

Was this "space?" It looked like they were flying through some sort of atmosphere, in which sound would travel.

Benjamin Hunter on Mar 17, 2015

16

Pretty sure it was a nebula or something... space cloud. I mean can suspend my disbelief for a space whale not needing to breathe and space moby dick harvesting its eggs for anti-physics fuel, but that thing was way too heavy to fly around a planet. NO, that's where I draw the line!!

Richie G on Mar 17, 2015

17

When that beast chomps into the ship, all the debris falls "down" toward something. But I'm with you regarding those things being too big to fly. Gotta draw the line somewhere.

Benjamin Hunter on Mar 18, 2015

18

It may be a low gravity planet. That's not a problem. It also looked like a planet. Too much light for a nebula.

Norbert on Mar 18, 2015

19

Freaking awesome!

SV7 on Mar 17, 2015

20

Absolutely amazing!! It's impressive how stuff like this is made outside the big studios. Not only the CGI is great as it is also beautifully shot!

Ricardo_PT on Mar 17, 2015

21

Looks awesome!! Imagine giant space dinosaurs!

LIZARD SOVERIEGN on Mar 17, 2015

22

Effects look cool, but using eggs to power space vehicles? Uh, not only dumb, but going really out of your way to make people look bad. Don't be a hater on the whole human race.

Mark Chandler on Mar 18, 2015

23

Looks cool as hell. Why can't they make shows like this?

Bill on Mar 23, 2015

24

I KNEW I had seen this video somewhere before. 3D Mark 2005 benchmark test video. Steampunk instead of scifi, but the same... when I just rewatched it was even more similar than I remembered. Obviously the director has a huge background in 3D rendering, so he's probably had to sit thru this video tons of times. 😉 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s37shZ5FU0A&feature=player_detailpage#t=65

└┶██ Johnny ██┵┘ on Mar 23, 2015

25

Y'know, I think we have all Misunderstood the exact Biology of Space-Worms.......

Mark Brackney on Mar 23, 2015

26

There even is a Lego project! https://ideas.lego.com/projects/102454

Repubrick on May 7, 2015

27

that was outta this world awesome!

Tobi on Sep 6, 2015

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