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Watch The Sci-Fi Short Film That Reportedly Has Hollywood Studio Execs Salivating...

by Tambay A. Obenson
January 28, 2013 5:25 PM
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This happens about once every 3 months it seems; a short film that's *discovered* on Vimeo or YouTube, goes viral, gets the attention of Hollywood studio executives, eventually leading to talk about the potential for a feature film adaptation for the director.

This one's the first of 2013. It's titled R’ha, and is directed by a German filmmaker (specializing in animation, which is what he's studying currently) named Kaleb Lechowski, who will turn 23 years old this year.

Kaleb is said to have done this with no money, just a computer, some software and 7 months.

The short immediately went viral after it was uploaded to Vimeo 2 weeks ago, and has been played over 1 million times since the (on Vimeo alone; it's probably on YouTube as well).

Lechowski has already picked up representation in the form of managers Scott Glassgold and Raymond Brothers at IAM Entertainment and is expected in Los Angeles (if he's not already there) to do the Hollywood dance.

Let's see what comes of all this, if anything. He'll be joining a club that includes the recently-released horror film Mama, which stars Jessica Chastain, and was produced by Guillermo del Toro. Mama was first a 2008 short film which got del Toro's attention, and, well, the rest is history.

Watch R'ha below and see what all the hype is about:

R´ha [short movie] from Kaleb Lechowski on Vimeo.

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  • jojo | February 16, 2013 4:42 PMReply

    So many jaded comments here by people who can't draw stick figures, I imagine. Oh, I'm just too sophisticated and self-involved to acknowledge someone else in the world made a talented debut.

  • caleb | February 16, 2013 3:23 AMReply

    'it's probably on Youtube as well.' the writer couldn't do a minute of research before they posted the article to verify this assumption?

  • Ted | February 15, 2013 4:08 PMReply

    7 months on animation, 7 second on story.

  • tom | February 5, 2013 5:38 PMReply

    This website really has issues with what is good and what is inferior. One moment, it bashes romantic comedies (and women in general) in the "worst of the year,"

    Yet, at the same time... deifies stuff like this.

  • NNVEE13 | February 2, 2013 11:43 PMReply

    And this is different how?

  • WHATEVER | February 2, 2013 6:06 PMReply


  • The D | February 2, 2013 1:49 PMReply

    For a second, I thought Christian Bale was doing one of the voices.

  • NO BRAINER | January 31, 2013 1:01 AMReply

    Oh God, I was bored. Typical of Hollywood. Every year those idiot execs over there drool over a short film , usually with sci-fi concepts and great special effects, to make into some potential tentpole film. Of the many, only one of them I thought was impressive. This one isn't the one. I couldn't care less about what was going on. And none of them have been made into feature films yet. These execs are killing the motion picture industry, the result of just pure laziness.

  • jojo | February 16, 2013 4:39 PM

    You get bored in less than 6 minutes? You must be a treat to hang out with.

  • MyopiaMaven | January 29, 2013 5:00 PMReply

    Watched...ok.....but how is this part of the 'African Diaspora'?

  • D.A. | January 29, 2013 11:47 PM

    To piggyback off of @JMAC's comment. They are already doing this in the music world. Just like the grassroots level buzz the creator of this film has garnered for his project, you have self-taught newcomers to a genre who are able to put out their own works through whatever means and channels available to them and build a fan base. Guys like him are the reason why programs and services like Kickstarter are 'what's hot'.

  • JMac | January 29, 2013 7:42 PM

    It's more of a comment on how the internet is leveling the playing field for filmmakers - no money, young, inexperienced, but you have a concept, put it out there, it gets major attention in ways never possible before. Evidence that black filmmakers should use this era to their advantage.

  • Charles Judson | January 29, 2013 12:45 AMReply

    The musculature, emoting, textures and lighting is fairly sophisticated. Even the detail on the city, without zooming in, is top notch. Really impressed with the clouds. Creating that level of natural randomness, while still having a "soft" look and diffused light, is hard without the brain defaulting to it's fake. Will this make him a great storyteller? Time will tell. The "story" is very Halo 3 meets Matrix. If he really did this all on his own, he's still working at a pretty high level and I see why he's gotten some buzz.

  • ska-triumph | January 28, 2013 10:07 PMReply

    Meh. Good rendering...

    It's the "new" way to break in, utilizing tech skills to make a digital sci-fi short. Writing and/or directing a live-action story is so old-school huh? VFX supervisors like Joseph KOSINKSI (Tron Legacy), Zack SYNDER, Len WISEMAN, and Jonathan LIEBESMAN (Battle Los Angeles) made their (mediorce-to-decent) genre pieces by coming up through the system; this way via R'HA is the fast track. Of course, to build an original story is still key - unless Hollywood execs see this guy and his aspirational peers as journeymen for the next superhero/tentpole film.

  • pol | January 28, 2013 6:06 PMReply

    Of course "Hollywood" loves it; it's got torture. That's what excites those little dick cretins.

  • regi | January 28, 2013 6:03 PMReply

    visually, it's okay, though hardly breath-taking, but the story elements seem like something i've seen a million times post-Cameron. maybe better as a video game than a movie, tho' it gets harder every day to tell the difference.

  • Marie | January 29, 2013 11:15 AM

    Agreed. Beautiful, professional execution of an uninteresting, common story.

  • miktal | January 29, 2013 4:10 AM

    I agree entirely, the more movies look like video games the more Hollywood will be interested. There`s nothing here for the purist I`m afraid. Saving planets, sole survivors, evil forces, I`m soooo tired of that

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