Rendezvous with Rama (2001, Aaron M. Ross)

Ross’s Rendezvous with Rama is student film, but more like an effects demo reel. It’s CG and one actor mixed together. The all-CG shots are better than the composites, which feel very “video.” The all-CG shots have a far smoother move to them.

But it’s also the short film as a movie trailer. I think the Coens made a trailer for Blood Simple to show to investors and Rama almost feels like something similar.

Except Ross messes up the money shot at the end. Admittedly, it’s just a student film so who knows how complex he could get… but the opening, with a bunch of satellite dishes, is complex. Just because the titular Rama (an alien spacecraft) looks like cranberry jelly in outer space—I’m not sure if it’s supposed to be a Star Trek IV homage or not—the money shot shouldn’t fail.

Still, it’s technically impressive.

1/3Not Recommended


Directed by Aaron M. Ross; based on the novel by Arthur C. Clarke; director of photography, Josh Nussbaum; edited by Joe Miale; music by Danita Ng and Jason Poss; produced by Jordan Jordre and Jared Krause.

Starring Jens Rasmussen.

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