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When it comes to getting a quick leg up in the science fiction community, there's usually no better resume or calling card than having an original short film as a sign of one’s efforts. And the more tireless those efforts are, the better.
Kaleb Lechowski, creator and director of the short R’Ha, is seeing almost immediate fruits for his labor, as a trio of established filmmakers will help him turn that short into a full feature, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Rick McCallum is the former head of Lucasfilm and was a producer on the second trilogy of films in the Star Wars franchise, and Steve Tzirlin was a producer for Star Wars: Clone Wars who worked with McCallum on occasion. The two join IAM Entertainment to produce R’Ha, and they’ve brought Matthew Graham on board to write the screenplay. Graham created the time-warped detective series Life on Mars - the British one, not the American remake - and wrote episodes of Doctor Who as well as the aborted Star Wars TV show.
With all that talent behind it, you might expect a big name director to take over, but McCallum, inspired by a film without humans involved, is keeping Lechowski on to expand his own vision. They hope to keep it a European film to allow Lechowski full usage of different VFX facilities while keeping the budget low.
The short takes place in a futuristic world where a member of the R’Ha race is held accountable for defending his planets against an oncoming threat. It looks pretty gorgeous, it isn’t so strange that it would turn away skeptical audiences, and it utilizes quite an interesting little twist there at the end. Check it out below!