The Sphere, directed by Nicholas Militello is a massive achievement in the world of short-film production. Taking over two years to complete, shot on Canon DSLR kit and working with a budget of 13k, The Sphere is the result of massive collaboration with various artists around the world, adhering to the concise vision of director Militello.
In the not too distant future, Earth is occupied by a hostile alien race that’s aggressively searching for a missing alien artifact — a sphere that contains an infinite source of powerful energy. When a resistance fighter gains possession of the sphere, he races to unlock the energy it contains in order to eradicate the alien forces and return Earth to humankind.
The extent of the CGI and VFX is vast, and while they may not all be totally seamless, the grandeur of the imagination, and creativity, behind them is impressive and warrants attention. Unfortunately, this is an endeavour of style over substance, with little dialogue, character development or a unique and interesting concept at its core, making it appear that the epic set-pieces were realised first and the story second. However, that is not to be disparaging. The Sphere is a simply awesome piece of short sci-fi cinema, that forms the bedrock of an interesting alternative-world, indeed The Sphere has the potential to evolve and grow in to a complex and engaging series, as the final frame suggests – it looks like Militello knows what he’s doing!