Are you looking for a robot-centric short film about the loneliness inherent in deep space travel to fill up a free 20 minutes of your day? If that’s the case, check out this new trailer for HENRi, a cool sci-fi effort from Eli Sasich, who wrote and directed the movie.
Cool and moody, HENRi is the tale of an abandoned spaceship, Pythagoras, drifting alone through the furthest depths of space. When the craft develops cognitive function and self awareness all its own, it “builds itself a mechanical body in order to feel alive.” The result is an adorable little robot, Hybrid Electronic/Neuron Responsive Intelligence, also known as HENRi.
The finished film stars Keir Dullea from 2001: A Space Odyssey and Margot Kidder, Lois Lane from Christopher Reeves’ Superman films. HENRi uses a combination of quarter-scale miniatures, computer generated images, and in-camera special effects to create the visual elements that you see on screen. I was lucky enough to see the short projected on the big screen last year at the Maelstrom International Fantastic Film Festival, and it really is a beautiful, inventive bit of filmmaking and storytelling. Definitely worth checking out if you’re in the mood for a film of this nature.
The full HENRi short is available in a couple of different ways. You can stream the film instantly, acquire a digital download, or even pick it up on DVD and Blu-ray. Head over to henrithefilm.com to explore your options and figure out which way works best for you.