Short of the Week

Rosa

Absolutely Stunning. Is it from SQUARE? PRODUCTION I.G? No, the most perfect realization of the anime-style in 3D comes from a single young animator out of Spain.

The geek-event of year has arrived. It turns out not be a Hollywood blockbuster, the debut Game of Thrones on TV or some long-awaited comic or novel. Instead it’s a short film! Indeed I’m seizing the authority to crown such a thing, and giving it to ROSA. And before you can object about my arbitrary power-grab, watch the film. In about 10 minutes I think you’ll agree with me—this animation from Jesús Orellana is the most nerd-tastically awesome thing that can be imagined.

ROSA is an epic sci-fi short film that takes place in a post-apocalyptic world where all natural life has disappeared. From the destruction awakes Rosa, a cyborg deployed from the Kernel project, mankind’s last attempt to restore the earth’s ecosystem. Rosa will soon learn that she is not the only entity that has awakened and must fight for her survival.

I’ve communicated with Jesús before and despite his explanations, its hard to understand how this film exists. A comic artist in his native Spain, he began work on the film in 2009, and completed it over the course of a year. That’s a prodigious work rate, especially for what amounts to his debut film.

Completing a work of this scope is astonishing enough, what really sets ROSA apart and boggles the mind however is the thoroughness of its quality. We’re used to specialization, a multiplicity of roles and skills that complex productions like ROSA seemingly demand. Again, if you slap Ghost in the Shell director, Mamoru Oshii’s name onto the end of this film, with the entirety of Production I.G’s resources behind him, I wouldn’t bat an eye. But here Jesús is responsible for all: the incredibly lush and detailed backgrounds, the phenomenal character and set design, plus things that seemingly require a different skill set entirely, like the fight choreography—it’s really good! I watch a ton of kung-fu and came away impressed, it might be the best animated fight-choregoraphy I’ve seen aside from Kung-Fu Panda. This film simply displays a mastery of tastes high and low, movement and composition, vision AND execution

This is a precocious talent we have on our hands, and ROSA is his coming-out party. I caught its world debut on the festival scene before people really knew what they had on their hands, but by the time the film played opening night at Stiges Festival early last month, the ROSA-love was in full bloom (hey, a pun!). What had been a simple festival entrant among many is now a buzz item in Hollywood, Jesús has remarked that he is a little overwhelmed at this point by the sheer volume of attention he’s getting from the film industry, and a feature-version of the film is now in development.

So do you want to miss the next 9? Of course not. Watch. Enjoy. Now.

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Co-Founder of Short of the Week, Sondhi lives in Brooklyn working as a Curator for Vimeo. Follow his musings on online video, direct distribution and branded content: @jasondhi.
  • Caith

    An amazing short film created by an amazing director. A wonderful CGi action film who deserves to be a success. Good work, Orellana.

  • Daniel Bottoms

    I look forward to the work of this amazing artist hopefully in a kinder genre. The detail and execution is hard to imagine from a single creator.

  • http://www.andrewsallen.com Andrew S Allen

    It’s amazing to see a film like this and look back on just how far the visual language of film has come. I think if you were able to screen this film to an audience of the 1950′s, it might literally blow some minds.

  • Kevin

    His use of the DAZ3D models, figures and animations is great! This is a great showcase for what a talented artist can accomplish with the right tools and resources.

  • MagicBird

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  • Hans J. Eiðisgarð

    great stuff.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=562399427 Patrick Zimmerman

    Good one!

  • http://deoclicianocgiportfolio.wordpress.com/ ochyming

    Nature breed you, NOT God!
    Men (women included) create Gods.
    The irony, or tragedy IF you like, is that in the END we end up fearing it, to the extent of killing in its name.
    Will robots be more human ( whatever it means ) than US, while we become more robot like?
    Funny, NO?

  • Anonymous

    Cyborgs and androids are not robots.
    There are big differences.
    Learn them.

  • Anonymous

    I saw one site that said that these two cyborg girls were black and Rosa looked like Halle Berry!
    It is to laugh.

  • Pablottmcgee

    I got enough of the matrix from one of my old roommates watching it in loops. Great models but that video was the Matrix in spades and I think he could be doing it with other action sequences besides copying that movie. So great work good video editing but get over the Matrix already..

  • http://deoclicianocgiportfolio.wordpress.com/ ochyming

    Yeah, like humans are NOT animals?

     • From WikiPedia:
       •• A cyborg is a being with both biological and artificial (e.g. electronic, mechanical orrobotic) parts.

       •• An android is a robot[1] or synthetic organism[2][3][4] designed to look and act like a human.

  • http://deoclicianocgiportfolio.wordpress.com/ ochyming

    Matrix movies = Happy ended.
    this short Wrote there is NO God.
    Men create robots in their own image and lost to their creation, the robots.

    Humans – the Gods were killed, that is what i read from this short, Matrix was a Hollywood beast, reason the end was Happy.

  • Anonymous

    Well said indeed. Humans are a primitive and savage people.
    However an Android is designed to be a synthetic being, whereas a robot is relatively  simple and performs repetitive  tasks such as welding car chassis.

  • http://deoclicianocgiportfolio.wordpress.com/ ochyming

    Of course!

    What strike me is the similarities between the human and the Droids. But when i saw the cathedral, i remember that passage from the bible, … So God created man in his own image.

    Humans create things, that is god like.
    Humans created the religions and its Gods.
    It is obvious for me to wrote “… Will robots be more human …” because there is no droids ( No i do not like any of those phones ) right now. Only robots

  • http://deoclicianocgiportfolio.wordpress.com/ ochyming

    Of course!

    What strike me is the similarities between the human and the Droids. But when i saw the cathedral, i remember that passage from the bible, … So God created man in his own image.

    Humans create things, that is god like.
    Humans created the religions and its Gods.
    It is obvious for me to wrote “… Will robots be more human …” because there is no droids ( No i do not like any of those phones ) right now. Only robots

  • http://twitter.com/ankycyriaque anky cyriaque

    i like  this short film very much , i even post it up on my tumblr .  It was   very well done , my hats off to the director  

  • Champion_samurai

    His work is beautiful, obviously a perfectionist with an eye for detail. His comic work is detailed too. While there’s no denying the elegance of his animation, I’m not sure why anyone would try to make this into a feature. The concept is very thin, I’m not very impressed with it or the fighting. Do we just need pretty pictures to awe studios into movie deals? I think Orellana should be bery proud of his year-long work, I just don’t see why it would spark phone calls from studios to make into a feature.

  • fiend

     sour grapes.

  • http://www.facebook.com/quaiswaseeq Quais Waseeq

    Wow! What an amazing film. It totally lives up to and goes above and beyond the hype and this being made into a feature is fantastic news. Congrats to Jesus for such an accomplishment. Can’t wait for the feature

  • bob jackson

    worse, gratuitously dramatic, “end of hope”, garbage I have ever seen.

  • bob jackson

    worse, gratuitously dramatic, “end of hope”, garbage I have ever seen.

  • Alex Douglas

    This was AMAZING. Art design, cinematography, animation, choreography, eveything was stunning!

  • NinjaCatGirl

    I love this so much! Everyday I come by to watch this again and it’s as if I never saw it! Just a wonderful piece of art!