Sci-fi Independent Short Film
At the end of the day, for an independent film, Vessel is pretty good. Shot well and laced with drama, tension, science fiction, and a few other key ingredients sprinkled in, make this a fun movie to watch. With most of the action set on a plane mid-flight this film is chock full of plot devices seen in other well-known films from the genre. The man who sees something strange outside his airplane window was done by William Shatner in the Twilight Zone. The plane stopped and seemingly abducted by an extra-terrestrial power is reminiscent of an X-Files episode. But despite those and other similarities, this indie venture does a good job of capturing the viewer’s attention as well as showing what level of production value we should expect from web video film makers in the near future.
Film Making Gets Easier and Cheaper
Indie film (should we even call it film anymore if it is shot on digital media) is it even is in the early stages of a period where technological breakthroughs are making the art/hobby of visual expression easier and more professional looking, not to mention, much less expensive. An idea for a film, good or bad, can be executed in a weekend. And with a short budget, talented friends and some off the shelf cameras, computers and software, a film career can begin. Of course, that is an optimistic and promising view but if you look at the early indie films of Spielberg, you’ll get the idea.
[box_light]VESSEL is a very ambitious scifi / horror short in the vein of Alien, The Thing and Close Encounters of the Third Kind. VESSEL features a blend of old school, practical creature effects and slick, modern day VFX. The story focuses on Liberty Airlines’ Flight 298 and its passengers. Shortly after takeoff, the passengers encounter an otherworldly force and are thrown into a fight for their lives! Director/Producer: Clark Baker Producer: Ashley Friedlander Writers: Matt and Ross Duffer Director of Photography: Kyle Klutz Composer: Austin Wintory VFX: Jeremy Hunt Creature FX: Mark Villalobos Editor: Brad McGlaughlin[/box_light]
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