Short Film: “The Raven”

No, it’s not about Edgar Allen Poe. (Although apparently there is a movie about him called The Raven coming out soon, starring John Cusack and Brendan Gleeson.) No, instead, this short sci-fi film is sort of like a simplified Minority Report. Or a sci-fi Bourne Identity. Or…well, look, it’s pretty simple. A young guy who knowsparkouris fleeing from the robotic authorities in a dystopic L.A. He doesn’t appear to have committed any crime, but he does possess a few very interesting talents…

There’s not much substance to it, but it’s kinda cool. More like a teaser for a chase movie. I like the special effects — for a low-budget indie short film, they’re very convincingly integrated with their surroundings (one exception being the mecha at the end, which does look a little fake). If I have a complaint, beyond the lack of real plot or substance, it’s that the camera jiggles too much and doesn’t step back to show us better what’s going on. Especially since the actor is apparently doing the parkour stunts himself, it’s odd and a bit frustrating that we don’t get to see the stunts very well. They fly by very quickly, when they should be featured more clearly. Still, it’s not so bad as some Hollywood movies.

*sigh* That’s the problem with “action” movies these days; they’ve forgotten the purpose of action. They are supposed to be about taking joy in stretching human physical abilities to the limit, as shown off in fight scenes, chases, stunts, etc., but that can’t be done if you can’t see the action and understand how it happens and where it happens.


Director : Ricardo de Montreuil
Ricardo de Montreuil & Eliz Eskeranli
Ricardo de Montreuil & Antonio Perez
Andres Sanchez
Angelo Milli
Special Effects Supervisor:
Aaron Burns
3D Modeling and Animation:
Juan Somarriba and Francisco Concha
Visual Effects and Compositing:
Ricardo de Montreuil
Ricardo de Montreuil
Color Correction:
Santiago Padilla
Sound Design and Mixing:
Martin Seltzer


  1. jubilare says:

    Needs more parkor and less telekinesis, but it’s fun!

    1. David says:

      Parkour and telekinesis make a pretty awesome combination (in fact, if I were a superhero, those two would be high on the list of powers I’d want; flight being first). More parkour would definitely be a good thing.

  2. Urania says:

    The automated gun with the pretty female voice reminds me of the gun turrets in the Portal games. Have you seen any clips from Portal? I have the first game, but am stuck in the middle of it. Anyway, the little gun turrets are really cute and have adorable voices. They also want to blast you to bits.

    1. David says:

      Creepy cute, I’d say. That reminds me of another YouTube video I’ve seen, but it sort of spoils the end of Portal, so I guess I won’t show it to you yet. I’ve seen gameplay clips of it before, but I doubt my laptop could run it. Both it and the sequel look very interesting and fun, though I don’t usually go for puzzle games.

      1. Urania says:

        I’m not usually a puzzle game person, either, but Portal is addictive. It’s also really cleverly written (sometimes sadistically so!).

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