Fox Developing Feature Based on Viral Sci-Fi Short 'Rosa' from First-Time Filmmaker

Fox Developing Feature Based on Viral Sci-Fi Short 'Rosa' from First-Time Filmmaker

Dec 09, 2011

Rosa short film still

Remember Jesus Orellana’s short film Rosa? It was the talk of the town last month, mostly because Orellana made it for next to nothing on his home computer. The short was cyberpunk tale that really was quite impressive visually, but as we noted at the time, didn’t tell much of a story. Orellana had a detailed synopsis for the grand tale he wanted to tell – it’s just that none of that came through in the short.

According to THR, Hollywood is okay with that. Orellana had already secured representation thanks to Rosa and now he’s landed the lucrative gig of directing a live-action, studio-backed version of the film for Fox. What’s the moral here? Follow your dreams and you too could wind up making a major motion picture even if you have no prior experience.

Simon Kinberg’s Genre Films shingle will co-produce the full-length version with I Am Entertainment. Current plans involve hiring a writer to flesh out Orellana’s vision and build upon the established characters. This is a good thing – because it frees first-time filmmaker Orellana up so he can focus on the visual side of the story – which is clearly his strong point.

Despite not being completely blown away by Rosa, we’re excited to see what Orellana can do with a big budget and studio backing. The guy is clearly a gifted visualist, and if he achieved such amazing effects from his home computer, we can only imagine what he might do with millions of dollars and an entire team of CGI techs.

Check out the short for Rosa and the official synopsis below.

Rosa is “an epic sci-fi short film that takes place in a post-apocalyptic world where all natural life has disappeared. From the destruction awakes Rosa, a cyborg deployed from the Kernel project, mankind’s last attempt to restore the earth’s ecosystem. Rosa will soon learn that she is not the only entity that has awakened and must fight for her survival.”

ROSA from Jesús Orellana on Vimeo.

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