Watch: Extraordinary Space Mystery Sci-Fi Short Film 'The Beacon'

April 20, 2020
Source: YouTube

The Beacon Short Film

"I've never seen it on any of the charts." This short film is a must watch for sci-fi geeks! The Beacon is a stunning, exciting space travel short film made by filmmaker Chris Staehler, who also works in the VFX / previz industry in additional to directing. When Kara Verne goes missing on an interstellar shipping run, her husband Mark sets off to the far reaches of the Milky Way Galaxy in search of answers. This short is so damn good it belongs in Netflix's "Love Death & Robots". Starring Damien Kelly and Kylie Contreary, with Eric Snow and Claire Montgomery. Not only are the VFX fantastic, but the story itself is engaging and mysterious. As one YouTube commenter writes: "Why is a 25 minute film made by this company about 10X better than anything Hollywood puts out?… Because these are made based on genuine story writing and art." Indeed. This is an epic, fully-realized sci-fi universe created on a tiny budget. Impressive in every way.

The Beacon Poster

Thanks to Dust for premiering this. Description on YouTube: "Mark & Kara Verne are both young shipping pilots struggling to make ends meet. [But] when Kara goes missing months after taking a large interstellar contract, Mark travels to the far reaches of the galaxy in search of his wife…" The Beacon is directed by filmmaker Chris Staehler, who also works a previz / VFX artist. You can see more of his work on Vimeo or visit his official website here. The screenplay is written by David Quandt and Chris Staehler. Produced by Christopher P. Purdy. Featuring cinematography by Christopher P. Purdy, and music by Andreas Widegren. This originally premiered at the 2018 Hollyshorts Film Festival, and picked up numerous awards at various film festivals over the last few years. You can see a behind-the-scenes / VFX demo reel on Staehler's Vimeo here. For more info on the short, visit the film's official website. For more shorts, click here. Your thoughts?

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I usually don't bother with shorts like this, but I decided to check it out since you called it extraordinary. But damn that was barely worth the watch. "Why is a 25 minute film made by this company about 10X better than anything Hollywood puts out?" Talk about hyperbole. How can anyone say that with a straight face? Acting ranged from average to bad, same with the sound design. Visuals were ok and the script left much to be desired. The only part I did like was the ending and the story choices there. (apart from the generic big mouth worm in the ground, could have gone for something more original.) Of course, this is me comparing it to bigger budget sci-fi because of all the hype in the article. As a lowbudget indie production I suppose it is a decent enough effort.

Efterklang on Apr 20, 2020


The main actor carried the story, the CGI was well done, and the plot was intriguing but the ending was the big letdown.

97point6 on Apr 20, 2020


Yeah. I was thinking - they're either going to pay off big with him finding her OR pull a big bait & switch ending. And it was definitely the latter. Which these kind of short films always do - end with a big twist. It's a way to entice Hollywood into wanting more stories. Did he live? Is she down there, too? Can they continue this story further? That kind of stuff...

Alex Billington on Apr 21, 2020

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