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Short Film R’Ha to Get Big Screen Treatment from Star Wars Producer

A while back Grizzly Bomb covered a great short film made by Kaleb Lechowski called R’Ha, about an alien race at war against a robotic menace. The short had ultra realistic alien character and a tense interaction between it and a sinister robotic foe. R'Ha

The great news is that one of the driving forces behind the Star Wars movies Rick McCallum is trying to get it developed into a feature film. Not only that he has brought on board Star Wars – Clone Wars producer Steve Tzirlin to be the producer. Fans of the short that are worried about Kaleb getting left out of this equivalent can relax because Kaleb is back as the director working from a script by Matthew Graham (who worked on the original Life on Mars series). This is exciting news because there is some seriously awesome talent getting behind this film. Rick seems excited. Here is a quote from him (from Geek Tyrant) showing why he decided to get behind the project.

[quote]What inspires me and our team is that there are no humans whatsoever in the film, and yet Kaleb has come up with a world that is so engaging and so alive and so real that it really is very different from anything else I have seen in the sci-fi world.[/quote]


I can see why Rick would be interested in this project. Aside from the fact that the original  was amazing with some of the best CGI I have ever seen in a short it also feels like a lost scene from the Star Wars series. In its basic form Star Wars is the fight between good versus evil and this short scene from R’Ha encapsulates all of this. If done correctly this should be an incredible film as long as they keep true to the source material. The best thing about the short was the tension created between none human characters so hopefully we will have a fully alien movie experience with no humans in the film at all. I will leave you with a piece of art from Kalebs Deviant Art page which shows the alien in body armour standing over a very human looking foe. Could this be part of the new film? Keep checking with Grizzly Bomb for more information on the movie as it unfolds.

Kaleb Lechowski Short Film ‘R’ha’ Is An Impressive Look at Aliens vs Robots

Uproxx has showcased a new and exciting short by a new 22-year-old German director called Kaleb Lechowski. Later this month he is arriving in Los Angeles and this little feature is a hell of a calling card for him. The plot involves a mainly one piece scene where an alien has become trapped by a robot interrogator who needs vital information from him. While watching this please take note that Kaleb made this entirely himself, with CGI over a seven month period.

After watching this the obvious parallels between The Terminator franchise have to be mentioned, but the robots themselves look a lot more like the robotic creatures from The Matrix trilogy. They have an organic fluidity to them that makes them fascinating to look at and quite terrifying. The alien looks very much like an oceanic creature with its smooth lines and gill like curvatures (even though we know their home world looks mostly land based). The plot has a hint of Star Wars to it as well; it unfolds like Darth Vader’s interrogation of Princess Leia in A New Hope.

r'ha alien interrogation

The solo setting works incredibly well in helping to put the focus on the two leads. Also the way these two characters manage to grip us and keep our attention without actually having a lot of facial features is amazing. While watching this I was enthralled throughout. It is easy to see how this piece was going to end however, with the mechanical creature’s references to how inferior organic life can be, becoming something even crueller than its creators could ever be because of its lack of emotions or empathy. The short looks stunning and the voice acting by Dave Masterton really needs to be commended as it shapes these characters and helps to give them life. Hopefully this will not be the last time we hear from Kaleb, as this piece in six minutes has created a sense of tension and amazement a lot of movies fail to achieve at all.

r'ha robot