Lately it seems that if you want to break into Hollywood, the best way to do it is with an eye-catching short film. Ever since Neill Blomkamp hit paydirt with District 9, a feature-length version of his short film “Alive in Joburg”, studios have been looking for more talented filmmakers to offer brief 5 to 10 minute glimpses of potential blockbusters. Uruguayan director Federico Alvarez also landed a deal with Sam Raimi’s production company last year based on the strength of his YouTube hit Panic Attack!.
Now Carl Erik Rinsch is the latest director to attract studio attention with his new short film “The Gift”. Created for the Phillips Parallel Lines project (an ad campaign to sell TVs), the movie showcases an intriguing I, Robot-esque chase sequence set in a futuristic Russian police state. The same day that the short premiered online, a bidding war broke out among several studios (including Warner Brothers and Fox) who want to turn the short into a feature length film. Rinsch isn’t exactly an unknown; he works for Ridley Scott’s production company, and was at one point lined up to direct Alien 5. Still, it’s funny how desperate these studios seem for original ideas, when there are probably so many other directors dying for a chance to prove themselves right now. Check out the short film after the jump and see what you think.