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August 27, 2013
‘Beyond’: A Sci-Fi Short Film – Watch it here!
— Posted by Andrea Lestrange
Beautifully shot, delicate, original and unique – Beyond was written, directed, edited, and co-produced by Raphael Rogers, starring Bianca Malinowski as Arya Vega. It’s inspiring that it was all shot with a simple camera! The visuals are impressive, the vast landscape is brilliant – it’s exciting how such creativity can come out of one guy and his one camera, all in such a short time! Watch the movie below.
Raphael shot this with a Canon c100. “Lenses used were the Canon 24mm IS prime, the Canon 50mm 1.4, the 100mm Macro IS 2.8 and the Tokina 11-16mm. By far, most of it was shot on the 24 and the 100. The final shot was done with my trusty 5DII as it was a pickup. There was no crew on this shoot. Just myself and Bianca. The shoot took 3 days and post production took significantly longer. All the visuals were done in after effects. I used Element3D a good amount.”
A note from Raphael Rogers:
“My original inspiration for the film was the question, ‘what if we could go beyond the stars’? I came up with that concept and played with it. I know the answer to that question isn’t fully answered in the short, but I do have the answer, so it’s coming.”
“I’ve been doing filmmaking for a while, the past 2 and half years are where I’ve really got most of my practice, lots of music videos, indie films and commercials. When I got out of college for digital media I didn’t know how to get into the film world so I started doing graphic design, which I ended up doing for 3 years. It wasn’t where my heart was but it became invaluable to me. If that wouldn’t have happened I probably wouldn’t have the photoshop and after effects skills I have now, skills that allowed Beyond to get made. So I wrote this short and decided I was going to make it no matter what. There were some obstacles but it worked out. I wasn’t expecting this big of a response though. Its definitely one of the best things that I’ve ever experienced. I don’t pretend to be any expert but all I did was keep making stuff. You get better each time. Very simple. You don’t need money, just a camera and creativity.”
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