Senior Visual Effects Artist Matthew Santoro (Aliens vs. Predator – Requiem, Rise of the Silver Surfer) has made his directorial debut with a dark and gritty sci-fi horror film called OFFLINE. I’m not sure if this is a short or a feature, but a trailer for the film has been released online, and has me really interested.

Update: We heard back from Matthew Santoro, who confirmed that it started as a short film but is now developing into a feature film:

Originally it was a short film idea or more like a 15-minute sequence within what I thought was an unobtainable feature project.  So I started out small but with this bigger world only hinted at. But I still wanted it to have a big budget feel with well lets just say… no budget.  So I really had to get my hands dirty in every aspect of production from the costumes and props to the visual effects and music. As I became immersed in the project, working on it like a madman, it started evolving more and more until the walls of the short version were busted down. I started showing the footage to people and getting really great responses and suddenly the unobtainable feature started to become something that could actually happen.  So I started filming different sequences from the larger story to put together this Pitch Trailer to hopefully garner some excitement and get people interesting in further developing the project for the big screen.

The movie tells the story of a rogue scientist who enters the mind of a cybernetically enhanced super soldier with the intent of restoring his humanity through the potentially fatal process of mental reprogramming. Read more information about the film, and watch the trailer, after the jump.

Read More »