This amazing short film by Rainfall TV’s director Sam Balkin shows exactly what the potential of a Wonder Woman movie could be. It’s not that it can’t be done. It’s apparently that Hollywood can’t do it. This take on the Wonder Woman concept is one of the most beautiful and thrilling we’ve ever seen.
The profound experience provided by this two and a half minute short is due in no small part to the performance given by actress Rileah Vanderbilt, who makes us want to believe.
Director Sam Balkin writes this on the YouTube page on which the film appears:
Firstly, thanks for watching. Whether you like, or dislike, our live action interpretation of Diana of Themyscira, Wonder Woman, born of clay, I think (quite a few of) you will agree she is a character just as vital and crucial to our understanding of humanity as any other superhero… if not more so.
We spent the majority of 2013 working on this — the look, the feel, the aspects we most wanted to portray. It’s a scant two and half minutes, but in the end, it’s one hundred and fifty seconds of pure fantasy, where I get to consider the two sides of my favorite warrior: a crusader in man’s world, and a paragon of virtue told through Greek mythology.
It’s a fun world to hang out in. I hope you enjoy it.
And here’s the credits list. We think it’s noteworthy that Sam put his credit at the very bottom, last on the list – an acknowledgment that the film couldn’t have been done without the remarkable team of top notch creatives who worked on the film over the course of a year. We applaud this, and the film itself. See if you don’t agree. Have a look.
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|Starring:||Rileah Vanderbilt, Clare Grant, Alicia Marie, America Young, Kimi Hughes, Christy Hauptman|
|Director of Photography:||Andrew Finch|
|Key Grip:||Duy Nguyen|
|1st AC:||Nick Roney|
|Stunt Coordinator:||Surawit Sae Kang|
|Stunt Team:||Surawit Sae Kang, Joe Perez, Billy Bussey, Jason Brillantes, Kerry Wong|
|Costume Designer:||Heather Greene|
|Hair & Makeup:||Anissa Salazar|
|Makeup Assistant:||Yulitzin Alvarez|
|Music & Sound Design:||Jeff Dodson|
|Sound Mastered at:||Runsilent|
|Visual Effects Supervisor:||Sam Balcomb|
|Compositors:||Jason Schaefer & Nick Viola|
|Directed by:||Sam Balcomb|
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Epic. loved it, well done.