One Kid Wrote, Animated, and Directed This Insane Sci-Fi Short

Film student Kaleb Lechowski’s debut sci-fi short pits man against machine.

SEE MORE FROM

Kaleb Lechowski is 22 years old and he’s just one man, as his name would suggest. One man who’s managed to write, direct, and animate this great sci-fi short, which took him seven months to complete. It begins with a torture scene as a machine entity tries to extract information from an alien creature, hinting at a wider war that pits the mechanical against the biological.

The dynamics of the interrogation crank up the tension, intercut with stunning visuals of the alien creature’s home planet. What makes the piece remarkable is not only the young age of its maker, but also how accomplished it feels considering it’s film student Lechowski’s debut. The visuals look great, the narrative grips you, and it has a nice cliffhanger. And, in just five days of being uploaded to Vimeo, it’s accumulated over 805,000 views.

Next stop, Hollywood.

This post also appears on The Creators Project, an Atlantic partner site. 

Kevin Holmes is Executive Editor of The Creators Project and lives and works in London, UK.

Join the Discussion

After you comment, click Post. If you’re not already logged in you will be asked to log in or register with Disqus.

Please note that The Atlantic's account system is separate from our commenting system. To log in or register with The Atlantic, use the Sign In button at the top of every page.

blog comments powered by Disqus

Video

How a Psychedelic Masterpiece Is Made

A short documentary about Bruce Riley, an artist who paints abstract wonders with poured resin

Videos

Why Is Google Making Skin?

Hidden away on Google’s campus, doctors are changing the way people think about health.

Video

How to Build a Tornado

A Canadian inventor believes his tornado machine could solve the world's energy crisis.

Video

A New York City Minute, Frozen in Time

This short film takes you on a whirling tour of the Big Apple

Video

What Happened to the Milky Way?

Light pollution has taken away our ability to see the stars. Can we save the night sky?

More in Video

Just In