“Your Memories Are Just A Glitch”
So goes the tagline for Archetype, a short-form science fiction film from Aaron Sims about a combat robot that begins to malfunction and have memories of life as a human. This masterfully done short film has recently been optioned as a feature-length movie by 20th Century Fox.
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.
You probably don’t recognize his name, but Sims has worked on huge films like Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Transformers and The Thing. He started out as a make-up artist, but in 2007 he founded the Aaron Sims Company, a concept design studio working in animation, illustration and visual effects. You really should visit the company website. You will be impressed with the quality and scope of work they’ve done.
The film stars Robert Joy (CSI: New York), David Anders (Alias, Heroes, etc.) and Elle Newlands from a screenplay by Zachary Parris. It was directed by Aaron Sims who also produced it along with John Norris. No word yet on if the principal actors will reprise their roles in the feature-length version, but the concept itself will be greatly expanded with more surprises promised.
The movie’s official website has more information along with a few behind the scenes videos and an image gallery. You can also keep up with events and view a fairly extensive photo gallery on the Archetype Movie Facebook page.