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.
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.