Watch: Short Films 'ROSA' and 'The Gate' Feature Great Visuals with Tiny Budgets

Watch: Short Films 'ROSA' and 'The Gate' Feature Great Visuals with Tiny Budgets

Nov 14, 2011

Still from short film The Gate

If there’s one thing we love here at Movies.com, it’s highlighting all of the cool little short films out there – mini-movies made by guys looking for their big break or just to express their passion for filmmaking. So, with that in mind, we bring you two new shorts today. Read on for details and a chance to check them out for yourself.

First up, we’ve got Jesus Orellana’s short ROSA. Orellana is a Spanish comic artist who spent a whopping $100 to make his film. That he achieved so much with so little is pretty impressive, despite the film’s narrative shortcomings. The film has played several festivals and already has caught Hollywood’s eye (plans are in the works to make a feature-length version), but we’ll be honest – it’s kind of a case of “all style, no substance.” The short’s video game-esque visuals are certainly cool (even more so since they were achieved with affordable consumer technology), but there’s no story here. It’s just a bunch of pretty images.

Here’s the plot synopsis:

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.

Very little of that actually comes through in the film. Basically, ROSA is a big fight scene with no context.

That being said, it’s still worth checking out. We have no clue how ROSA might transfer over to a feature, but we’ll keep you up to date with the details.

ROSA from Jesús Orellana on Vimeo.

Our other short today is The Gate, a nifty little sci-fi feature with lots of mutated humans running about. Made for under ten grand, this film cost significantly more than ROSA, but it also tells a real story that can be discerned without requiring a plot synopsis.

Directed by Matt Westrup, The Gate is a satisfying experience that manages to show off what kind of effects are achievable with a little funding and tell a story to put it all into context. We suspect you’ll be hearing more about Mr. Westrup soon – so have a look at the short now so you can tell all your friends you knew his work before he got famous.

[via /Film and Quiet Earth]

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