Fascination turns to fear as the crew of the deep space exploration ship Archimedes discover the impossible truth about their mission.
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When Mitchell, Carter and Lana -the crew of Earth’s only deep space ship- encounter a lifeless double of their own craft, fascination soon turns to fear. Beset by strange events and ghostly visions as they explore this impossible ship, Mitchell succumbs to nightmarish hallucinations and hurls himself unprotected into the void... only to find himself back on Earth where he learns the truth: their mission has gone horribly wrong, their memories have been radically altered and Lana is not just his crew-mate, she’s his wife. And she is pregnant! Mitchell must now return to the ship and confront the mysterious force that threatens all their lives or he will lose his wife and unborn child forever.


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KingPin Lei

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An alumni of Ryerson University’s Radio & Television Arts program, David King-Pin Lei started as a student videographer in high school filming anything & everything before moving into Digital FX. King-Pin is currently working as a Digital Cinema Camera & Workflow Technician in Toronto ON. He dreams of making awesome science fiction, fantasy & horror films.
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Todd McGinnis

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A born storyteller, Todd McGinnis is an award-winning professional playwright, screenwriter, script-consultant & actor. His plays and monologues are performed worldwide. He has directed about 30 film projects including: music videos, shorts; docs & mocks.
In his spare time Todd uses CERN's Large Hadron Collider in an attempt to prove the existence of "Spare Time".
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Michel Plaxton

Michel Plaxton brings over 20 years of production experience. A real TV-brat, Michel has worked in varied positions, bringing his creativity, sense of humour, and networking skills throughout, as a writer, editor and producer. When not earning his 3rd degree black belt in karate, he watches cartoons - for a living, mind you - as Senior Writer-Producer for Teletoon.


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Denise R.
Posted 6 months ago
too fake... I can see the green sheet behind the film.. little weak visual and effects..
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Samson W.
Posted 6 months ago
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Yanni M.
Posted 6 months ago
Could be a great idea!
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Narelle S.
Posted 6 months ago
The picture of the movie looks great, but the story...I lost interest to quick. I think it needs a little more development.
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Tracy R.
Posted 6 months ago
not my cup of tea
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TBiddy U.
Posted 6 months ago
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Cassandra K.
Posted 6 months ago
I quite Like the use of, what I am assuming, is basic special effects. However, After reading the summery ("Fascination turns to fear as the crew of the deep space exploration ship Archimedes discover the impossible truth about their mission.") and watching the trailer, I am still unsure of what exactly the plot-line is.
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Tyler S.
Posted 6 months ago
Sci-fi is incredibly complicated to make due to the sets and costumes. But you guys have done a splendid job in putting together the necessary props!
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Ron K.
Posted 6 months ago
As a sci-fi buff, this trailer got me hooked. I want to know what's going on. Great logline; I know what the movie's about and I want to watch it. Nice job and good luck.
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Semantha M.
Posted 6 months ago
looks great! my daughter made me change it to 8 :)
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Ryan G.
Posted 6 months ago
This has really amazing graphics that would work if it was totally animated. but with the bigger budget, there is no question this could be really interesting.
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Jeremiah K.
Posted 6 months ago
Looks great :)
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Helen M.
Posted 6 months ago
That's it? I needed more to capture my interest
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Robert Z.
Posted 6 months ago
Hard to compete with 2001
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James B.
Posted 7 months ago
great concept!!!
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Lindsey M.
Posted 7 months ago
You've already captured some great visual FX with a low budget. I'm a fan of sci-fi so I'd like to see this.
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Renee D.
Posted 7 months ago
I didn't really know what was going on or why in this clip. Special effects seemed a bit underwhelming to be honest and the wardrobe needs improvement.
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Michelle G.
Posted 7 months ago
there's definitely potential here. I do find your overview to be a little confusing, same as the trailer. I think there is a fine line between confusing your audience and creating intrigue - you're teetering on the edge here. You may need to work harder in your missions to show what you're capable of in order to obtain the voters interest.
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Joslyn P.
Posted 7 months ago
Way too cheesy for me and the actors were not the best. You will need a much bigger budget if you want it to look even remotely real although I can appreciate the effort that went into it. Good luck
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Paula M.
Posted 7 months ago
I think acting and special effects are a little weak. The idea is interesting but I'm not quite drawn into it.
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Richard C.
Posted 7 months ago
Looks like a fabulous concept - can't wait to see more
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Chado M.
Posted 7 months ago
Pretty lofty goals for this one - could be trouble making it awesome for under a million. Trailer itself looked pretty good - especially for as much cg as you had. Pacing was a little slow - but nothing that couldn't be fixed. Good job and good luck guys :)
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Brent M.
Posted 7 months ago
Man. Epic ambition, attempting a 2001-style sci-fi story for this contest. The trailer was certainly interesting, and the range of visual effects you tried is impressive. (I'm not sure what the camera trick is to make your astronaut look like he's floating more than standing; still, you have an *astronaut,* so colour me impressed.) However, the trailer didn't give me that much of a sense of the story. The synopsis (and this is pretty much most trailers I've seen) has way more information than the trailer itself, which would have been great to have known. The fact that their memories have been messed with; the fact that he thinks that woman on the planet is his wife; right now, it seems like there's some weird stuff going on, then the man touches the light and maybe dies, and then has a weird mystical trip. It seems like that's the end of the story; I don't know what's coming next, and I don't really expect anything else. It seems like the end, like in 2001. I'm not sure what else happens, or what the struggle is, just based on the trailer. Best of luck!
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Graham S.
Posted 7 months ago
Have to admit it's a little boring. Good luck!
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Jen A.
Posted 7 months ago
Pretty cool guys! So proud of you!
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Genevieve H.
Posted 7 months ago
This is something my boyfriend would probably like!
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Jennifer B.
Posted 7 months ago
A must see movie. You will regret not seeing this movie. This movie will blow your brain matter clear out of your skull. You must watch this movie.
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Bern E.
Posted 7 months ago
Looking pretty good! I was really into everything until the woman standing on the moon. Then it becomes apparent that hallucinations are behind things and takes away from the mysteries in the cosmos which is what I thought the crew was discovering. Something big that's missing: A main character. Any movie or story needs a main character to follow with a clear goal and an obstacle between them and the goal. The 2001ish space mysteries are cool but I want a story!
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Guido M.
Posted 7 months ago
Awesome test trailer
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Bob C.
Posted 7 months ago
I thought it was super-cheesy... right up until that last awesome line! *shiver*
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Warren C.
Posted 7 months ago
elements of a good sci-fi thriller!!
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Iwona b.
Posted 7 months ago
Very poor everything.
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Bill R.
Posted 7 months ago
It's okay, the acting needs some work though.
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Posted 7 months ago
I've never been one to watch Sci-Fi so I couldn't tell you if this has "Been done" before, but it does intrigue me greatly. Well acted and very interesting.
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Christopher W.
Posted 7 months ago
The stuff on the moon/planet was pretty good, but for the rest...Too obviously non-actors that don't seem to fit the parts. They might work in a truckers-in-space motif ala "Alien" but not here. Also, this film is a good example of why when you don't have a budget, you should really put your focus on practical effects and sets. Would have much preferred if the ship was a model and if the sets weren't just white cardboard.
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joanne s.
Posted 7 months ago
great job really interested in how this turns out in the end
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Stephanie H.
Posted 7 months ago
Okay so now I HAVE to find out what happens!
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Danny L.
Posted 7 months ago
Great special effects with limited funds
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Joehl C.
Posted 7 months ago
Not sure what this film is about. Best of luck!
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Cari J.
Posted 7 months ago
I'm left mostly weirded out by the whole thing...
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No K.
Posted 7 months ago
not a big fan
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dwayne c.
Posted 7 months ago
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Paul N.
Posted 7 months ago
some cool shots. Has potential
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Cat K.
Posted 7 months ago
I don't really know what to say about this. It looks kind of hokey and fake. I love sci-fi and I'm not too sure what this film is about. As far as I know, the trailer is supposed to give you an idea of what a film will be about and I'm lost and uninterested. This doesn't look like something I would enjoy, unfortunately.
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Lisa C.
Posted 7 months ago
Can't wait to see a more polished full project. This looks really cool! With a bigger budget this will be amazing!
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Michelle E.
Posted 7 months ago
Seems like an amalgamation of sci-fi films. Slow-mo walk was cool.
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Astrid T.
Posted 7 months ago
Elaborate trailer, lots of technical knowledge put into...topic not my cup of tea
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Miguel H.
Posted 7 months ago
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Tracy R.
Posted 7 months ago
This trailer shows me that these filmmakers know how to build suspense, and they obviously have a very interesting story in mind. Additionally they clearly put a lot if effort into the "scenery" they used. I want to see this!
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Holly F.
Posted 7 months ago
you've got me. great job. especially for sci fi. thanks.
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Donal O.
Posted 7 months ago
Looks ok but I can't see how it can get made for the $1m budget. Would be good with a bigger budget but there's a lot expensive CGI to make it work.
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Michelle S.
Posted 7 months ago
Seemed interesting
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Colleen P.
Posted 7 months ago
looks cool
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Jared E.
Posted 7 months ago
Sorry - seems like a bit of a low rent 'Solaris'.
I realize that it is difficult to create sic-fi fantasy on a low budget, even with the tools that are available these days, and so I do my best not to judge to harshly based on that, but the story, and the dialogue and the acting just didn't cut it with me.
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Laurel L.
Posted 7 months ago
I really like the concept . It would be difficult to convey it with such limited time to do it in. Left me wanting to know Well done!
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Tom Y.
Posted 7 months ago
Really good idea... poorly done. sorry
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Amy Z.
Posted 7 months ago
With the right graphics this movie could be pretty amazing. Nice work!
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Troy H.
Posted 7 months ago
A little interesting, would like to see more not sure about the girl in space in a nightgown but interesting enough for sure.
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Georgia M.
Posted 7 months ago
I love that last shot...hope you make that the poster!
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Meagan H.
Posted 7 months ago
I would've focused less on the "meh" special effects and more on the distinctions between this story and the several other psychological space flicks. I'm not quite sure what those distinctions are after seeing this trailer, though there is a glimmer of atmosphere in there that was well done.
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Julie P.
Posted 7 months ago
Seemed interesting but I don't really watch these types of movies...best of luck
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Dalton P.
Posted 7 months ago
Liked what I saw so far , not really into sci-fi star wars etc type of movies though.
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Deb G.
Posted 7 months ago
Looks cool - I would definately watch it! As others have said you may need more than 1M to make it feature length. To the moon and beyond guys - go, go, go!!!
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Michael M.
Posted 7 months ago
??? not really sure you're here.
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Denis J.
Posted 7 months ago
doesn't strike me as original
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Emilio S.
Posted 7 months ago
Good attempt while working under such a low budget
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Wesley S.
Posted 7 months ago
Curious to see how it turns out. For a crew of a space ship, i felt the uniforms needed work. Obviously this isn't Firefly or Star Trek.. so, some were inbetween.
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Chris C.
Posted 8 months ago
The lackluster CG combined with the less-than-stellar acting and I fear there is now way you could properly produce a feature length movie with the prize money. Its in your best interest to scale down the space exploration angle and focus at the story at heart. That being said, I believe there is an Outer Limits episode that had a similar scenario, might be worth investigating.
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Ted B.
Posted 8 months ago
I don't see any problem with the acting, but there really isn't enough of it in this very effects-focused trailer to judge, so those who are coming down on the acting as if these itty bitty lines can be done so much better, are kinda silly.

But I don't really understand why I am supposed to want to see this. I've seen so many scifi movies about matrixes and virtual realities not being real that this concept (if that's the central thing here, it's hard to tell) is not really exciting me, sorry. Also I don't think it's too fair to come down very hard on the special effects but they seem a little busy to me and overdone.
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Laura G.
Posted 8 months ago
Looks interesting, hard to judge because the special effects/3D aren't the best, but it's hard to do a sci-fi or fantasy without a budget.
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Natalia N.
Posted 8 months ago
acting could've been better. cool visuals
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Katie T.
Posted 8 months ago
Feels like a series of cliches that turn into a perfume commercial.
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Derek F.
Posted 8 months ago
It’s hard to do a sci-fi script/concept like this without a zillion dollars. People have the bar very high in this genre. Nice effort. It’s hard to do.
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Mark B.
Posted 8 months ago
Kudos to team Never Man for trying to pull off a sic-fi trailer with no budget. It ain't easy.
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Kelly D.
Posted 8 months ago
The story sounds original and intriguing...I'm interested to see more from you guys!
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Mike L.
Posted 8 months ago
good job on the trailercool effects
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Triton H.
Posted 8 months ago
I can't wait till the The Never Man unleashes it's full potential. CineCoup + budget renders the real Archimedes.
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Doug K.
Posted 8 months ago
Looks good for low budget. Might need much more than a million to pull it off.
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Raquel H.
Posted 8 months ago
Enough that I want to see more.
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Daniel W.
Posted 8 months ago
This looks...familiar. I feel like I've seen this movie somewhere already. By the way, the spaceships would have looked much better if you had made them out of egg cartons and hot glue.
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Sarah S.
Posted 8 months ago
I cant get past the acting
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Jordan N.
Posted 8 months ago
good trailer but I feel like that this has been done before, and great audio
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Brian K.
Posted 8 months ago
Every sci fi movie needs a fat guy.... This movie reminds me of the really shitty film by Angels And Airwaves called LOVE ... just without production value or good music. Whats with the bitch in the dress who can breath moon air?
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Cooper B.
Posted 8 months ago
Good sound!
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Nathan Z.
Posted 8 months ago
It has merit. Go for it!
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Jillian F.
Posted 8 months ago
lookin' great! can't wait to see more!
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Joanna M.
Posted 8 months ago
Its not good enough for a feature length motion picture. The acting and direction is terrible. The VFX is amateurish. Definitely not worth investing money in this project.
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Tara D.
Posted 8 months ago
Cool concept for a student film thesis, not a budgeted feature.
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Brian H.
Posted 8 months ago
Way to go David! Am I over the top to call you the Chinese Spielberg? lol.
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James B.
Posted 8 months ago
This looks great ! I want to see this movie. For a concept trailer the effects look great !
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Shannon C.
Posted 8 months ago
Great (especially William P.)
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Aidan L.
Posted 8 months ago
Bjorn This Way
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Steve O.
Posted 8 months ago
Amateurish Acting and very low budget graphics.
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Rob W.
Posted 8 months ago
Who doesn't love a good paradox movie. Especially if it's a little creepy. Can't wait for full production.
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Ching H.
Posted 8 months ago
Awesome can't wait for the movie!!
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Jeremy B.
Posted 8 months ago
The plot sounds interesting but I got the best parts from the synopsis, the trailer didn't give me enough to go on. Sounds interesting, but like others have commented, you might need a bigger budget to really make this work. Good job, though!
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Joanne P.
Posted 8 months ago
Awesome job. Can't wait to see more
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Dawn R.
Posted 8 months ago
I can't wait to see the full production! Looks Great!
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Donald Y.
Posted 8 months ago
Looks like a Lucas copy, but he did well, so perhaps this is the beginning for some talented people. Very professional.
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Emma V.
Posted 8 months ago
Love Sci-Fi and am excited to see where this story goes. Certainly worth the 1MM investment.
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Luke S.
Posted 8 months ago
Sci-fi on a budget is tough! Familiar concept but cojones for tackling it.
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Daniel H.
Posted 8 months ago
Again, a sci-fi film that plays with time and alternate reality. I realize that sci-fi films lend themselves to certain things, but as filmmakers we must strive to take the formula and break it. This film feels normal. The costuming could use some work; I imagine it would benefit from more funds, but at this stage you need to work from the resources you have. This one reached a little too far. I think the tagline could use some work too.
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Darren H.
Posted 8 months ago
You had me at "Archimedes". I`m curious now.
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Gord G.
Posted 8 months ago
Fantastic looking and intriguing!
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Joe C.
Posted 8 months ago
Nice. Reminded me of Space: 1999. Bold attempt to tackle sci-fi considering what sci-fi looks like sans budget.
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Todd J.
Posted 8 months ago
Can I meet the blonde?
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Björn H.
Posted 8 months ago
Windows 95 graphics
Bad technical film making but interesting concept. Not sure if 1 million could support a sci-fi film like this (unless the quality stays this bad)

Also Cool Poster
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Rob P.
Posted 8 months ago
Looking very good gentlemen. I I look forward to seeing more.
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William P.
Posted 8 months ago
Looks great!
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Kathryn P.
Posted 8 months ago
So can't wait to see this!
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Joe M.
Posted 8 months ago
Interesting. Reminds one of early 70's SF films like Silent Running or Phase IV with a little Nigel Kneale.

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