An short adventure on the smallest scale
An archeologist discovers an ancient goblet at a Medieval castle setting. Upon removing it, he awakens its guardian who wants it back.
This short film was brought to our attention by director Andrea Ricca himself. Not even with drum-rolls accompanied by promo-gibberish, I will add, but we just received his friendly regards in our mailbox, providing us with a link to the short film. Produced with a “zero-budget”, this little short is just a fine encouragement for anybody out their who might be an aspiring filmmaker. It was shot with one (old) DV-cam, features only one actor and Ricca was helped by only one assistant. The editing and special effects were done on his computer.
The set-up of the little plot there is, clearly was an excuse to showcase a pretty neat-looking skeleton-warrior. It might have one reminiscing the work by Ray Harryhausen in Jason and the Argonauts (1963). Only this time, CGI was used instead of stop-motion. At first sight, the acting and over-all execution still leave some things to be desired, but lets not forget that this was a no-production in which Ricca took the limited means he had to the max. The end result is an admirable effort that shows promise. Hopefully the first steps of a young Italian director who will grow on to bigger and better things. There’s still a lot of room for improvement, but Ricca has a few inventive camera-angles up his sleeve (the rearview mirror shot, for example) and also inserts an offbeat sense of humor in one sequence (supported by a recognisable audio-bit, the joke plays out just like it should), obviously showing us we shouldn’t take it all too seriously.
Perhaps general film fans might not be too impressed with The Guardian, but for them I’ll give a little insight. If you’ve ever watched random films like Jay Woelfel‘s Demonicus (featuring a possesed idiot dressed in a Roman Times inspired plastic armour body suit running around some woods killing people), any recent David DeCoteau film or just had the chance to wallow in the amazinlgy inept CGI effects of Josh Becker‘s Harpies (a full feature produced by and for the American-based SciFi Channel, no less), then you’ll realize that Andrea Ricca puts all these filmmakers (backed up by a budget & crew and been making films for years, I might add) to shame with his modest little short film.
Watch the complete 4 minute short:
Check out The Guardian’s YouTube Channel for some more short clips about the film’s genesis.