The Leap (2015) – incredibly cool sci-fi short film
In 2069, New Earth is declared open for civilian migration, a decade after its discovery. As tales of wonder and opportunity reach the Old World, taking ‘the leap’ becomes the dream of millions. Unable to afford the journey, many of the less fortunate risk their lives being smuggled aboard cargo ships. The inter-planetary Migration Administration, or IPMA, deals with human trafficking on a biblical scale.
Fifteen years later, Jacob Reiss, a disillusioned IPMA veteran, has a fateful encounter with a young cartel prostitute. A meeting that forces him to confront a dark chapter from his past in order to save them both from a bleak future in one final, violent shot at redemption.
The Leap (2015) A disillusioned immigration agent has a fateful encounter with a young prostitute
The Leap (2015) was written, designed, and directed by Karel van Bellingen, and the production value is impressively awesome. On top of that, the storytelling is superb and completely engaging. The visual effects are not only impressive for a short film but outperform most features but van Bellingen illustrates that VFX are only effective when backed by a powerful narrative and unique characters and The Leap serves up both.
The script took about three months to write, on and off, and we then kept developing it throughout pre-production. The idea was a combination of small moments, which I kept storing in my head, and some larger scale interests that suddenly started clicking into each other. I remember the first thing that came to me was the opening scene, and the atmosphere of dread amongst illegal migrants at the moment when it’s all or nothing. – Karel van Bellingen
The Leap (2015) – Cast and Crew:
Director: Karel van Bellingen
Screenplay by: Sheridan Thomas and Karel van Bellingen
Starring: Neal ‘Monkey’ Stevens, Russell Barnett, Joshua Bregman
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