Have you ever wondered what it would be like to witness creatures the size of multiple blue whales combined, surfing the sky? Imagine the spectacle of that! Instead of gazing beyond our reach to the stars or the very bottom of the ocean and feeling all insignificant, we'd have these fantastical sky beasts to worship. Or hunt.
Well guys, you've gotta check out this incredible short film by Academy Award-nominated director Ruairí Robinson (Fifty Percent Grey, The Last Day On Mars), because it is... simply astonishing.
Called The Leviathan, the short is set in the distant 22nd century where humans exist off world and are up to our usual activity - blowing up nature. I'll let the synopsis explain:
By the early 22nd century mankind had colonized many worlds. Faster than light travel was made possible by harvesting exotic matter from the eggs of the largest species mankind has ever seen. Those that take part in the hunt are mostly involuntary labor.
Dreamt up by Fight Club screenwriter Jim Uhls and Robinson himself, the short is a proof-of-concept trailer, created to tease exactly what the men have in mind for a feature length movie, and corral finance and a greenlight from a plucky studio.
Here it is in all of its supermassive splendor:
The visuals are sublime and the Leviathan itself, designed by none other than Jordu Schell, one of the principal designers of Avatar's Na'vi, managed to hit me in so many sweet nostalgia points. Doesn't it look like a mix of The Neverending Story's Falkor the Luckdragon, an Exogorth and Godzilla?
Not a bad line up of fantasy beasts there!
What did you make of the short?
(Source: Ruairi Robinson via Twitter)