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Archetype is a $0 Budget Sci-Fi Gem [Video]

This seven-minute short film is an impressive display of Sci-Fi writing, directing, and CGI–put together sans budget.

Produced by the Aaron Sims Company (the FX company behind the apes in Rise of The Planet of the Apes and the Aliens in Green Lantern), Archetype is a pretty awesome seven minutes of Sci-Fi footage. From the video description:

RL7 is an eight-foot tall combat robot that goes on the run after malfunctioning with vivid memories of once being human. As its creators and the military close in, RL7 battles its way to uncovering the shocking truth behind its mysterious visions and past.

Directed by Aaron Sims
starring Robert Joy (Land of the Dead, CSI:NY) and David Anders (Heros, 24).

Thanks for all the positive feedback everyone! This has been a labor of love on a budget of $0 and it makes it all worth while when we see other poeple responding to it. Thank you! – Aaron Sims

You can learn more about Aaron Sims and his plans for spinning Archetype into a full length movie in this interview.

[via Geeks Are Sexy]

Jason Fitzpatrick is a warranty-voiding DIYer who spends his days cracking opening cases and wrestling with code so you don't have to. If it can be modded, optimized, repurposed, or torn apart for fun he's interested (and probably already at the workbench taking it apart). You can follow him on if you'd like.

  • Published 01/23/12

Comments (11)

  1. jeffrey

    I love it. The graphics, the acting, the storyline, This will be a great feature film! I can’t wait. This is my favorite genre.

  2. Technobabble

    Very Cool!

  3. Doug

    This isn’t so much a short film as a trailer, but as trailer, it has done its job.

  4. Cody


  5. moon

    SORRY, but there is absolutely nothing about that video that is “$0 budget.”

    Anyone who’s ever done even amateur/hobby film making can see that.

    Loads of CGI, which requires tons of time, hardware and software, props, sets, a staff of over 50… Come on now!’

    Maybe it was self produced, but no way did it cost $0.

  6. Barry Etheridge

    SORRY moon but it doesn’t say that it COST $0! As I’m sure anyone on a low income will tell you, having a budget of $0 for something does not mean for one second that you will be paying $0 for it! In this case I think it’s fair to assume that all the participants donated their time and work free of charge though.

  7. bgc

    Great work. We are moving into a Brave New world of film, TV and print. Who needs publishers?


    PS: The story closely parallels a Keith Laumer “Bolo” story. He should at least be credited with a “inspired by” tag.

  8. Bill

    Loved the preview!

  9. Woot

    Seriously this has to be made into a movie. Showed it to a room of people and everyone agrees!

  10. Ushindi

    Yes! I’m now waiting for the movie…go for it, Aaron.

  11. OlDoc

    Real creativity in my opinion is a succulent treat enclosed in a simple but tantalizing wrapper; sacred food for hungry imaginations.

    I was greatly impressed and I am an old, jaded, and hard-bitten Sci-Fi fan going back to the late 1940s. Keep up the great work. Every part from Actors to story-line/scripting to Direction and CGI was offered to us amazingly simple, amazingly superb!


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