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Feature-Bound Shorts ‘True Skin,’ ‘Archetype’ Top 2012 Viewfinder List

13 December 2012 4:16 PM, PST | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Exclusive: Here’s the new Viewfinder List, the entertainment industry survey which polls studio executives, producers and creatives for their top 10 short films, commercials and/or music videos. This is similar to The Black List, as the Viewfinder List honors short form content and the directors who made them. The list was created by Jeff Schroeder (Brain Farm), Aaron Schmidt (Langley Park Pictures) and Patrick Chu (FilmNation). In recent years, some of the shorts got optioned and some of their directors got jobs and in this day and age, it all helps. Some of these have already been lined up for feature treatment, including the top two films on this year’s list. Here is the website for the full list: 26 Votes: True Skin, directed by Stephan Zlotescu (Short) Agent: CAA: Iam EntertainmentScott Glassgold. Set up at Warner Bros with David Heyman’s Heyday producing.     22 Votes: Archetype, directed by »

- MIKE FLEMING JR.

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2012 Viewfinder List: Shorts ‘True Skin,’ ‘Archetype’ On Top

13 December 2012 4:16 PM, PST | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Exclusive: Here’s the new Viewfinder List, the entertainment industry survey which polls studio executives, producers and creatives for their top 10 short films, commercials and/or music videos. This is similar to The Black List, as the Viewfinder List honors short form content and the directors who made them. The list was created by Jeff Schroeder (Brain Farm), Aaron Schmidt (Langley Park Pictures) and Patrick Chu (FilmNation). In recent years, some of the shorts got optioned and some of their directors got jobs and in this day and age, it all helps. Some of these have already been lined up for feature treatment, including the top two films on this year’s list. Here is the website for the full list: 26 Votes: True Skin, directed by Stephan Zlotescu (Short) Agent: CAA: Iam EntertainmentScott Glassgold. Set up at Warner Bros with David Heyman’s Heyday producing. 22 Votes: Archetype, directed by »

- MIKE FLEMING JR.

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The Twilight Saga's Kellan Lutz Gets Inked for Tatua

27 November 2012 12:36 PM, PST | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

With The Twilight Saga officially over (at least for now), its stars are moving on to other projects, hoping that the screaming chicks follow. Next up for Kellan Lutz? A role as a supernatural assassin in a flick called Tatua.

According to Deadline, Lutz has signed to star in the indie genre flick that's based on an original concept by comic book creators Paul Jenkins and Rob Prior. Tatua is about a man with a rare blood type that allows him to be tattooed with a powerful ink. He is able to pull those weapons straight off his skin, giving him an enviable leg up as a covert assassin.

Aaron Sims, the vfx wiz who helmed the viral sensation short Archetype (see below), is set to make his directing debut on the film, says Rick Schwartz, whose Overnight Productions has lined up the financing for a March production start in Toronto. »

- Uncle Creepy

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Twilight Alumnus Kellan Lutz Cast In Tatua

27 November 2012 4:29 AM, PST | Filmofilia | See recent Filmofilia news »

Kellan Lutz is among the cast members that skyrocketed to superstardom because of the Twilight Saga series. Now that the series is over, the hottest vampire in the pack needs to capitalize on his fame quickly before it fades away and has found a new potential franchise to sink his teeth into.

Twilight star has signed on to star in the indie genre flick Tatua, which is based off an original idea from the comic book by Paul Jenkins and Rob Prior.

Lutz will star as a covert assassin that has a rare blood type that lets him be tattooed with a powerful ink, which he can then pull off of his skin and use as real objects, but given that the various lethal items are culled from a combo of blood, he must use the weapons quickly, before they dissolve. Things get awkward when his son is kidnapped.

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- Nick Martin

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‘Twilight Saga’s Kellan Lutz To Star In ‘Tatua’

26 November 2012 5:08 PM, PST | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Exclusive: Now that the Twilight Saga series is over, the fittest vampire in the pack, Kellan Lutz, has found a new potential franchise to sink his teeth into. Lutz has signed to star in the indie genre film Tatua. Based on an original concept by comic book creators Paul Jenkins and Rob Prior, Tatua is about a man with a rare blood type that allows him to be tattooed with a powerful ink. He is able to pull those weapons straight off his skin, giving him an enviable leg up as a covert assassin. Aaron Sims, the vfx wiz who helmed the viral sensation short Archetype, is set to make his directing debut on the film, says Rick Schwartz, whose Overnight Productions has lined up the financing for a March production start in Toronto. Paul Layden wrote the script, and Schwartz will produce with Todd Breau and Kari Hollend. Schwartz »

- MIKE FLEMING JR.

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Aaron Sims' Archetype Short Moves Forward as a Feature

1 March 2012 11:50 AM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Chronicle producer John Davis has acquired the sci-fi short film Archetype, with plans to expand it into a full-length feature film. Click on the video player below to watch director Aaron Sims' seven-minute short, and read on for more details regarding this project.

Archetype Short Film

Aaron Sims is primarily known as a visual effects and pre-vis artist. His Aaron Sims Company has worked on recent hits such as War Horse, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, and The Thing. Archetype centers on an eight-foot tall soldier robot who malfunctions on the battlefield, which causes him to develop unexplained human memories.

Aaron Sims will make his feature directorial debut with this expanded project, working from a screenplay by Guy Busick and Ryan Murphy, who is not the Glee creator. John Davis, who purchased the rights through his own discretionary fund, will produce with John Norris.

No production schedule was given for Archetype. »

- MovieWeb

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Aaron Sims’ Sci-Fi Short Archetype is So Good They’re Making a Movie Version

1 March 2012 8:23 AM, PST | SciFiCool.com | See recent SciFiCool.com news »

Aaron Sims’ sci-fi short film “Archetype” is apparently so good, Hollywood took notice and now “Chronicle” producer John Davis will be blowing it up into a full-length feature film, with Sims directing. Curiously, he won’t be writing the script, that will be the job of Guy Busick and Ryan Murphy. Odd, that. You’d think he’d at least get first crack at the script. Anyways, here’s what it’s all about: 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. The short stars Robert Joy and David Anders of “Heroes” and “Alias” fame. Well, the voice of Anders, anyway. It’s kinda like “Robocop” crossed with “Short Circuit”. Minus the jokes. The short is only 5 minutes long, »

- Nix

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Sci-Fi Robot Short Film Archetype Expanding To Feature-Length

1 March 2012 7:57 AM, PST | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

Aaron Sims. short film Archetype, a sci-fi thriller that made the rounds on YouTube a while back, has been picked up by Chronicle producer John Davis and will be developed into a feature-length film, THR reports. The seven-minute clip is constructed around combat robot RL7, who malfunctions during a mission and suddenly develops memories. But don.t take our word for it. Watch it yourself below and see what you think: The effects in Sims. short are outstanding. I.d love to know his budget. But the dude has skills, which he honed over the years working with several top design masters. THR notes that Sims studied under Rick Baker on movies like Batman Forever and Mighty Joe Young. He toiled away at Stan Winston Studio when they were contributing to Spielberg.s A.I. and the War of the Worlds remake. He currently operates his own visual effects house, »

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Movie Based on Sci-Fi Short Archetype Coming

1 March 2012 | Comingsoon.net | See recent Comingsoon.net news »

Chronicle and I, Robot producer John Davis has picked up the film rights to Archetype , a sci-fi short directed by Aaron Sims that you can watch below. Davis has a first-look deal with Twentieth Century Fox. In the short, starring Robert Joy and David Anders, "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." Heat Vision says that Sims runs the Aaron Sims Co., a previs and visual effects company with credits including War Horse , Rise of the Planet of the Apes and The Thing . Sims would direct the feature from a script by Guy Busick and Ryan Murphy. John »

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'Chronicle' producer John Davis develops 'Archetype'

1 March 2012 1:06 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Chronicle producer John Davis has acquired the rights to Archetype. He is planning to develop a full-length feature from Aaron Sims's sci-fi short, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The original short centres around RL7, a war machine that malfunctions in the field. It is brought in and questioned as to why it shut down its fellow robots with an electromagnetic pulse in the midst of battle. Sims also runs a VFX and design company that has worked on movies including Clash Of The Titans, Big (more) »

- By Hugh Armitage

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Aaron Sims Readies an Archetype for the Big Screen

29 February 2012 10:25 PM, PST | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

Those of you who haven't seen the short film from F/X maven Aaron Sims called Archetype have been missing out big time. That's okay, though, because a feature film version is in the works!

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Chronicle producer John Davis is going back to the world of robots. The producer, who has a first-look deal at Fox and who produced 2004’s I, Robot, has picked up the rights to Archetype, a sci-fi short directed by Aaron Sims, with plans of developing it into a feature. David dipped into his discretionary fund in order to make the acquisition.

Sims runs the Aaron Sims Co., a firm that specializes in previs and visual effects with credits including War Horse, Rise of the Planet of the Apes and The Thing remake. He acted as a concept artist and did creature design work for Stan Winston Studio, working on A.I. and War of the Worlds, »

- Uncle Creepy

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John Davis To Produce "Archetype" Feature

29 February 2012 9:40 PM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Producer John Davis ("Chronicle," "I, Robot") has picked up feature film remake rights to Aaron Sims' sci-fi short "Archetype" says Heat Vision.

The original short (which can be watched below) tells the story of an eight-foot tall combat robot named RL7 that malfunctions during a mission, developing unexplained memories, causing its creators to investigate its odd behaviour.

Sims is attached to make his feature directorial debut on the feature. Newcomers Guy Busick and Ryan Murphy (Not the "Glee" creator) are attached to pen the script.

Sims runs Aaron Sims Co., a firm which specializes in previs and visual effects with their work seen in the likes of "War Horse," "Rise of the Planet of the Apes" and "The Thing" remake.

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- Garth Franklin

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Aaron Sims' Sci-Fi Short 'Archetype' Now Being Made Into a Feature

29 February 2012 7:14 PM, PST | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

Remember that impressive sci-fi short involving a massive sentient robot that we featured a few months ago called Archetype? (Watch it here.) As predicted, the project has been picked up by Hollywood. THR's Heat Vision is officially reporting that producer John Davis (I, Robot, Eragon, Gulliver's Travels, Predators), who is "riding high off of the surprise success" of Chronicle, has acquired rights to make Archetype into a feature-length movie with director Aaron Sims, a visual effects industry veteran just now making the leap into directing. He'll helm from a screenplay being written by Guy Busick & Ryan Murphy (not the Glee one). Archetype, a 7-minute sci-fi short by Aaron Sims, already racked up views on YouTube and started getting buzz surrounding it being the next District 9; partially because of that scene above where the robot is being interrogated. The film tells the story of an eight-foot tall combat robot named »

- Alex Billington

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Aaron Sims Making Feature Debut With ‘Archetype’

29 February 2012 7:09 PM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

The latest in that special line of short film-cum-motion picture is Archetype, which, according to Variety, is making the transition from seven minutes to… something of greater length. Aaron Sims will make a feature debut by adapting his own piece, while Guy Busick and Ryan Murphy (different guy) will be scripting; John Norris (The Help) and Davis Films will be producing for 20th Century Fox.

Like the original, Archetype will be set in a “futuristic society in which robots are used to stave off rebellions until one robot joins the rebels.” I managed to give this short a watch upon hearing the news, and although I don’t really know what he was aiming for in terms of storytelling, I found a couple of things to admire in terms of directorial choices and pure technical craft. And maybe, overall, that’s kind of a good thing; if he can hint »

- jpraup@gmail.com (thefilmstage.com)

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FX Guru To Make Directorial Debut On 'Archetype'

29 February 2012 6:07 PM, PST | bloody-disgusting.com | See recent Bloody-Disgusting.com news »

John Davis, riding high off of the surprise success of the super-powered found-footage movie Chronicle, is going back to the world of robots as the producer. THR reports that David, who has a first-look deal at Fox, has picked up the rights to Archetype, a sci-fi short (watch it after the break) directed by Aaron Sims, with plans on developing it into a feature. We first reported on this short film here on Bloody last June. "'The Archetype' short tells the story of an eight-foot tall combat robot named RL7 that malfunctions during a mission, developing unexplained memories, causing its creators to investigate its odd behavior. The short ends with concept paintings detailing the robot on the run while being chased by various metallic constructs." »

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Producer John Davis Picks Up Rights to Hot Sci-Fi Short 'Archetype'

29 February 2012 3:46 PM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

John Davis, riding high off of the surprise success of the super-powered found-footage movie Chronicle, is going back to the world of robots. The producer, who has a first-look deal at Fox and who produced 2004’s I, Robot, has picked up the rights to Archetype, a sci-fi short directed by  Aaron Sims, with plans on developing it into a feature. David dipped into his discretionary fund in order to make the acquisition. Sims runs the Aaron Sims Co., a firm that specializes in previs and visual effects with credits including War Horse, Rise of the Planet

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- Borys Kit

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Watch: Aaron Sims' Incredible Sci-Fi Short 'Archetype' - The Next D9?

7 February 2012 8:25 AM, PST | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

"My name is Patrick." This is something you've got to see! I was tipped by reader Josh E. about a sci-fi short on YouTube that I had to watch called Archetype. I decided to check it out and, as he'd promised, it was incredible and already has big numbers on YouTube, but could go even farther and be made into a movie. Archetype was created by effects/animation veteran Aaron Sims, and it's about these huge combat robots in the future, and one that has some sort of a... malfunction. It has a rather brilliant narrative in addition to an incredible world, very impressive work, I thought it was awesome. You do not want to miss seeing this! Here is up-and-coming filmmaker Aaron Sims' sci-fi short Archetype, in full high def from YouTube: From the plot description: RL7 is an eight-foot tall combat robot that goes on the run »

- Alex Billington

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Dear Hollywood, Give Aaron Sims a Feature Film

26 January 2012 6:00 PM, PST | GeekTyrant | See recent GeekTyrant news »

Dear Hollywood,

If you haven't seen Aaron Sims awesome short film Archetype, then I'm sure you're familiar with his visual work.

Rise of The Planet of The Apes, War of The Worlds, Green Lantern, Clash of The Titans, War Horse, Green Lantern, Men In Black, Constantine, A.I., I Am Legend, Transformers 3, The Incredible Hulk, 30 Days of Night, It, and the list goes on as he nears completion in working with The Amazing Spiderman.

Along with his talented production company (The Aaron Sims Company), Sims has helped bring some of the biggest directors of this era some of the most creative character designs in cinema. No offense to Louis Leterrier but the only part I can effectively remember from Clash of The Titans was the Kraken scene just out of the sheer awesome use of scale and design. His work on Caesar in Rise of The Planet of The Apes left »

- Robot Reagan

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Aaron Sims’ Archetype: Another YouTube Short Gathers Online Buzz

25 January 2012 10:58 AM, PST | FilmJunk | See recent FilmJunk news »

From Fede Alvarez' Panic Attack! to Patrick Jean's Pixels, YouTube continues to be great way for Hollywood hopefuls to land production deals. Every now and then, a short film that is posted online manages to attract the attention of everyone on the internet, which in turn attracts the attention of studio execs. While a lot of these filmmakers are still unproven, it's hard to deny the level of talent and creativity they bring to the table. This time around it is veteran art director and special effects designer Aaron Sims who has set the blogosphere on fire with his short film Archetype. The plot involves a combat robot who malfunctions and begins to believe that he is partially human. Sims is hoping to turn the idea into a feature-length film, and although I haven't heard anything about any studio offers as of yet, I wouldn't be surprised if he finds funding for it. »

- Sean

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Archetype

23 January 2012 10:37 PM, PST | Affenheimtheater | See recent Affenheimtheater news »

Sci-Fi short Archetype, created by Aaron Sims who gets mentioned in the creative credits of almost every Hollywood blockbuster produced in the last twenty years. It looks pretty slick for the low budget (IMDb mentions 25k$), but feels more like a long trailer than a standalone feature thanks to the open ending and short runtime.

Synopsis:

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.

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- Ulrik

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