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Video: Animated 'Rendezvous with Rama' movie trailer


While he may be best known for 2001: A Space Odyssey, most science fiction fans and critics would agree that Rendezvous with Rama is Sir Arthur C. Clarke's best work. After all, it won both the Nebula and the Hugo. While we're still waiting on a real, big-budget Rama film to give us some pure cinematic Clarkesian glory (Morgan Freeman's production company is trying to get one made), NYU film student Aaron Ross couldn't hold out, and made this faux Rendezvous with Rama CGI-and-live-action hybrid trailer as a degree project. Sweet, sweet hard-SF goodness. Found via SFSignal.

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16 comments
Robert_Troyer
Robert_Troyer

Dang, I read that book, ah, WAY more years ago than I can to admit. Now I'm going to have to read it again. I've seen some listings for additional novels about Rama too. I'll just have to check them all out, I guess. Any one remember the Infocom adaptation? You know, text adventures. Yeah, I played that about five years after reading Rendezvous With Rama for the first time. -R

grantsr
grantsr

I thought the trailer was excelent. Without a single word, it correctly conveyed the sense of expectation and wonder present in the beginning of the book. The story truly can stand on it's own. Like the 1984 version of Orwell's '1984', using the book as the script with little or no modifications can sometimes make the most powerful impact. I think this is one of those books. It has good character development, intrigue, and plenty of action (without blowing everything up). I can't wait for this movie to come out. I have been dying to see a true science-based-fiction movie for a long time. I am sick to death of Sci-Fi being just another excuse for a lame horror movie.

yobtaf
yobtaf

I appreciate the amount of work that went into this effort and the fact that popular taste has changed but the the makers should study "2001: A Space Odyssey". This looks like just another current sci-fi film trailer. There is nothing new or exciting here. Grade: A for execution, F for originality Don't be discouraged guys, juts study the classics.

au561
au561

If I had the money to invest, I'd give it to Aaron Ross. Why wait for Morgan Freeman when Ross obviously has the concept down pat. Hollywood will just screw it up. I don't want to see Ashton Kutcher in Rama Lama Ding-Dong!

pat
pat

The additional CGI, especially the 3d interior views really match my imagined creation. Fantastic. Seeing that makes me wonder if Ringworld (Larry Niven) might be equally if not better realised as a Hollywood movie. OK, we could go for both :-)

jmgarvin
jmgarvin

None of the drama and added action to market to the masses. Rama could stand on its own, but Hollywood SUCKS at Sci-Fi.

Mark W. Kaelin
Mark W. Kaelin

Rendezvous with Rama was the first real Science Fiction book I read - 8th grade. I did a book report on it believe it or not. Now, I want to go read it again - I'm not sure all of the themes were obvious to my adolescent sensibilities. A good movie based on the book would be great - the key idea is "a good movie" - good cast, good script, good director.

yobtaf
yobtaf

that I suspected: I'm out of touch with the next generation. I have two children (22 and 24) who I learn a lot from. Maybe you can help me too. Just for my education could you answer a few questions? !. What do you feel is the greatest sci-fi film of all time? 2. Have you ever seen "2001: A Space Odyssey" ? 3. Do you know the films of Stanley Kubrick? 4. How many of these directors have you hear of; Howard Hawks, Billy Wilder, John Ford, Francis Ford Copola, Ilia Kazan? Thank you participating in my survey.

ddemoya
ddemoya

I also would like to see ANYTHING written by Larry Niven made into a good movie! Ringworld would be a great start. The Mote in God's Eye? Protector? Ah, so many to choose from.

DadsPad
DadsPad

I Robot. I enjoyed the movie as a stand alone, action movie. But disliked how they advertised to adhere to Asimov's robot ideas, when they violated the very priciples of Laws of Robotics he was so famous for. Of course, I cannot think of one book by Asimov, himself, that would translate into a modern, action filled movie without a lot of modification. I always found him to be more thoughtful with psycological problems ruling his writing. Maybe you can come up with one. R. Rama, though should consult with Clarke to keep script true to the story. Many of of the new great CGI movies (Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, etc) use new good talented people instead of expensive popular actors. That way their budget goes to better script and CGI instead of salaries. I do not know which director would be best. Sometimes it is the director with the passionate vision, that fights for what he wants, might be better than an established, but very good, director that will do what he is told by producers. Hollywood has always been reluctant to do really good SF or Fantasy movies. Of course it is their money and should take a lot of convincing.

DadsPad
DadsPad

would be a good movie if could be done as well as Lord of the Rings. It has spectacular visuals, good characters and drama. I agree, I need to re-read the book (I have the other two books that followed also.) The You Tube video did not look familiar, it stopped just when the visual would be spectacular inside the space ship.

jmgarvin
jmgarvin

1) Hrm. I quite like Blade Runner, but I think that would be more Cyberpunk than Sci-Fi. I'd choose Star Wars Episode IV, but that's more Space Opera than Sci-Fi. Tough question...My answer would probably be Aliens (sequel to Alien). 2) Yes. I've seen 2001. I enjoyed it, but I have to say parts of it were a little too esoteric for my tastes, but I did like the message. 3) I know a good portion of them: 2001, Dr. Strangelove (top 20 of awesome movies), Full Metal Jacket, Clockwork Orange (top 20 of awesome movies), and I think he did The Shining, but I'm not 100% on that one. I'm sure he's done others, but honestly...I couldn't tell you without looking at IMDB. I vaguely remember him doing some project before he died, but I couldn't tell you what it was or even if it was completed. 4) I've heard of John Ford, Francis Ford Copola, and STELLLLLLLLAAAAAA!!!

wowdoggy
wowdoggy

What a storyteller! I would love to see The Mote in God's Eye. I think the DreamParks would be too expensive. How about a short story...the 4th profession. If hollyweird was going to do niven stuff, they would probably choose Bey Schaeffer or Gil the ARM for shoot-em-ups.

brian.nahodil
brian.nahodil

I have read the series a number of times myself and I am one who hardly ever desires to read anything twice. Each read was life stopping, one of those "You can't put it down" books.

jmgarvin
jmgarvin

I do love that movie, but I don't think I've seen it on DVD anywhere...I just went to Amazon and saw it is in fact on DVD...Ordered! I'll have to rent Paths of Glory and check it out. It sounds quite interesting. It reminds me of a stories out of WWI when the Germans and the Brits were playing soccer out in no mans land and for a while refused to fight...that is until officers started to execute those for disobeying orders. The Thing! I love Cold War movies. I think the 1950s The Thing was a little cheesy, but all in all I think the message was deeper.

yobtaf
yobtaf

1. "Blade Runner" - Excellent film, one of Ridley Scott's best. I think it counts as sci-fi. He also made "Alien" (1975). I'll bet you like Terry Gilliam's "Brazil" (1985) too. 2. "2001" is probably the most expensive "Art Film" ever made. I find the younger "Star Wars" generation doesn't have the patience for the slow pace. 3. Good, you should see one more of Kubrick's films: "Paths of Glory". He made "Eyes Wide Shut'" (1999) then died in his sleep. I have trouble sitting through it, but great filmmakers make clinkers too. 4. Howard Hawks is probably the most versatile director ever and almost all of his films are great. He made the original version of "The Thing (from another world)" (1951). Younger people generally prefer John Carpenter's version (1982), but as a film, Hawks wins the prize here. If you haven't seen either, you're missing out. Thanks, as you can see I'm a film lover. My fear is that as time goes by, more films fall into obscurity that younger generations would really enjoy if they were exposed to them. Enjoy

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