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Jan. 10, 2011by: Dave Davis

We see a lot of shorts from amateur filmmakers, but not many have sweet visuals and paramilitary guys fighting a crazy gun-covered beast bot. So SOMNOLENCE definitely deserves a look for that, at the very least.

The sci-fi flavored sequence, from writer/director Patrick Kalyn and producer Gabriel Napora, was put together as a proof of concept for a feature. Given the quality, don't be surprised to hear more about these guys and/or the project. Slick stuff.

The synopsis for the planned project: By 2031, the Earth has exhausted its supply of fossil fuels. With the world on the verge of collapse, nations from around the globe form a coalition called AREN; the 'Manhattan Project' of clean self-replenishing energy. When an experiment goes wrong that threatens the world's existence, David Canterra and a team of elite soldiers are sent on a mission to stop the anomaly. What they find is a mind-bending alternate dimension, and their only way home is through the fabric of time.

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Source: Triton Films

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5:43AM on 01/14/2011
Agreed Monotreme, looks as Hollywood as anything Hollywood but the script and acting is bizarrely bad. And the guns sometimes sounded too much like weak fireworks.
Agreed Monotreme, looks as Hollywood as anything Hollywood but the script and acting is bizarrely bad. And the guns sometimes sounded too much like weak fireworks.
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5:24AM on 01/11/2011
Like I wrote on the forums, this is exactly the kind of short film I can't stand: Someone who is clearly gifted at special effects work, "writing" and "directing" a film whose sole purpose it is to show off that special effects work. What would REALLY impress me is if some young filmmaker took $10,000 dollars and solid production values and created a truly unique, interesting STORY. Sad thing is, you don't see those shorts. No, the only shorts you see are ones like this. They're well made, look
Like I wrote on the forums, this is exactly the kind of short film I can't stand: Someone who is clearly gifted at special effects work, "writing" and "directing" a film whose sole purpose it is to show off that special effects work. What would REALLY impress me is if some young filmmaker took $10,000 dollars and solid production values and created a truly unique, interesting STORY. Sad thing is, you don't see those shorts. No, the only shorts you see are ones like this. They're well made, look great and have impressive effects - but the script is bogus, the dialogue is entirely composed of cliches, there is zero character work, and it's impossible to understand what's going on and what's at stake. All you have are flashy effects to look at.
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5:43AM on 01/11/2011
Agree 100%. Sadly, almost no one realizes Inception is a big budget example of one of these kinds of weak stories.
Agree 100%. Sadly, almost no one realizes Inception is a big budget example of one of these kinds of weak stories.
7:00AM on 01/11/2011
Glad you agree, but I disagree about Inception. As flashy and high-concept as it was, the reason the film worked best for me was precisely BECAUSE it kept the main character and his personal struggle at the center of the action.
Glad you agree, but I disagree about Inception. As flashy and high-concept as it was, the reason the film worked best for me was precisely BECAUSE it kept the main character and his personal struggle at the center of the action.
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12:49AM on 01/11/2011

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pretty cool vid. hope to see more of this guy and his team soon.
pretty cool vid. hope to see more of this guy and his team soon.
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