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Xenogenesis (1978)

| Short, Sci-Fi
A woman and an engineered man are sent in a gigantic sentient starship to search space for a place to start a new life cycle. Raj decides to take a look around the ship. He comes across a gigantic robotic cleaner. Combat ensues.

Directors:

James Cameron, Randall Frakes (as R.L.A. Frakes)

Writers:

James Cameron, Randall Frakes (as R.L.A. Frakes)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
William Wisher ... Raj (as William Wisher Jr.)
Margaret Umbel Margaret Umbel ... Laurie (as Margaret Undiel)
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Storyline

A woman and an engineered man are sent in a gigantic sentient starship to search space for a place to start a new life cycle. Raj decides to take a look around the ship. He comes across a gigantic robotic cleaner. Combat ensues.

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Short | Sci-Fi

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This is the first short film directed by James Cameron and created with the help of several of his student friends. It was financed by a group of Californian dentists looking for a quick tax write-off. Cameron co-wrote and co-directed it as a test movie to show his designs, hoping to attract investors for a full theatrical version of the story, and to start a career in the world of cinema. The latter ultimately happened when he was discovered by Roger Corman, who gave him a job as a special-effects supervisor. See more »

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Narrator: They made him, a machine, trained to deliver humanity from the final catacylsm. They built him a machine, the most awesome ship ever constructed, and with a mind of its own. She was raised by a machine, that alone knew the power of love. Together, they searched the wilderness of stars for a place where the cycle of creation could begin again. Xenogenesis - man's ultimate adventure.
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Connections

Referenced in Aliens (1986) See more »

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Xenogenesis comment...
12 November 2008 | by davidnova21See all my reviews

I watched this James Cameron's short on Youtube (it was a happy surprise somebody had uploaded it!!) and it really wonder me!. I found out Jim had made this short by reading a Wikipedia article, but watching this robots in a struggle, laser beams and all that jazz, was surprising; it prove how much talented this filmmaker is. I agree with those commonplaces in Cameron's films mentioned before, and I'd add that there's a clear Star-Wars-like background; what's more, our hero bears a strong resemblance to Luke Skywalker in my book (No wonder Jim felt swayed to work in the movie industry after watching this George Lucas's film).


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Language:

English

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Budget:

$20,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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