Aug 20, 2013


Director Raphael Rogers had me fooled into thinking I was watching a high budget short with Beyond, a fantastically crafted scifi thriller by the freelance director, who showcased what he was capable of accomplishing with virtually no budget, a trait that is probably quite attractive in the Hollywood market these days. Rogers set out to create a short that would also double as the piece to show off his chops. Filmed in the Mojave desert and in several other locations in California with some rented cameras, the final result also left us wondering how well this would work as a longer form narrative. Here's to hoping the buzz around Beyond gets Raphael the attention he deserves.

 Arya is the last remaining member of her family, a lineage with a unique genetic code that grants the ability to survive the folding of temporal and spatial boundaries... In short, she can teleport. Tasked with exploring new planets, she is in search of something that will explain who exactly she is and where she comes from.

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