[Video] - R'ha

The Author is on holidays for the week. So, in the place of the standard features - poorly spelt ravings about "character development," forced metaphors, and a tendency to over-use the word "actual" - enjoy some short films found around the web, created by those with actual talent. See, there he goes again.

I've long thought that if a film maker wanted to be truly experimental, truly visionary, to be like George Lucas was in 1977, they should make an entirely alien film. Xenofiction is a rare (and rarely well done) genre of literature, but as far as I can figure, no one has ever made a xenofilm. But imagine: no human characters, entirely different culture,alien languages with English subtitles. I think it would be a blast.

Kaleb Lechowski, who is 22 and therefore reminds me that by 22 I had managed to accomplish next to nothing at all with my life, has come close. His student film, R'ha, is described simply as, "A member of an alien race is being interrogated and tortured by a machine." But it so much more then that. Essentially, its Battlestar Galactica but without humans. And it is beautiful to look at. The visuals are stunning, especially the city sequences, though things look less polished when they step out of the darkness. Still and all, there is better CG in this six minutes then in the last three blockbusters I saw.

Now, if they eliminated the English and created their own languages, that would be xenocinema.
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Adopting the descriptor of "successfully unpublished author", MR. Clark began writing things on the internet in 2012, which he believed to be an entirely reputable and civilized place to find and deliver information. He regrets much.


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