gambler loses a bet and a ruthless bookie kills his wife and kidnaps
his baby son as payment in-full. Determined, the father vows to find
his son and will travel across the galaxy in search of him in this
science fiction thriller by Director Javier Torres called “The
by Javier Torres
“The Ferry” follows a gambler, near the end of the 22nd
Century, by the name of Elias Koteas (played by Jeremiah Kliesing).
When Elias tampers with a kick-boxing match and ultimately loses a
gambling bet and still owes on old bets, the bookie, Cesar, (played
by Ruben Flores) is not pleased and demands payment immediately.
When payment is not made, Cesar kills Elias’ wife and kidnaps his
son Oliver Koteas (played by Hollis Torres). Acquiring two tickets
on The Ferry”, Cesar takes an opportunity of a life-time and
leaves Earth and travels to the planet Salus, a world owned by the
Ziga-Gen Corporation and the only known refuge for Humanity. The
only way to travel is to be suspended in a cryo-chamber for the
duration of the trip. In search of his son and two months later,
Elias bribes a staff worker at the Ziga-Gen Corporation to gain
entrance onto The Ferry as a stowaway and is given an access code to
a single cryo-chamber for the trip to Salus. When the ship leaves
earth, Elias enters the access code to his chamber but is denied
access. The trip to Salus is a 10-year journey. With no water, food,
companionship and a long journey, Elias resorts to surviving the
best way he can and to survive on The Ferry so that he can find his
son, Oliver. What happens on his journey is filled with ventures no
man ought to endure.
take on the story:
by Mr. Torres the story was easy to follow. I did have a problem
with what was happening about half-way through the movie and had to
watch the movie a couple of more times to figure it out, (typical of
sci-fi stories) Saying that, we think the story flowed nicely from
beginning, the middle and to the end. It was a psychological story
that had you thinking about what one would do in the same
predicament. And, there was a twist that was nicely done. We did
think that the story could have ended a little sooner than it did,
but we are not the director and the creative options are many. Mr.
Torres did a fine job in developing the character, Elias and the
tribulations this one man would go through on his journey to the
planet Salus. “The Ferry” was a good story.
initially viewed this movie without the sound. Again this is the
best way to evaluate the technical side of any movie without the
distractions associated with sound. The opening scene to “The
Ferry” was interesting. It started with a kick-boxing match, a
choreography was nicely done, as we would expect from this
particular Director. The camera work was pretty good. What I
didn’t really like is that the fight scene was shot in the daytime
as opposed to being in an arena setting with some “mood”
lighting. But, okay, this was done fast and for a film race. In its
entirety, there were some amazing shots coming from the
cinematographer, Mr. Torres. Shot were NOT static and moved quite
nicely to give the viewer a POV. There was one particular shot that
was a little awkward. This is where Elias approaches one of the
fighters with a gun to the back of his head. The whole scene was
done in profile. It was a strange way to shoot a scene. The special
effects to this futuristic space movie were outstanding. This was a
good job for 3D animator Jonathan Riechel and special effects/Editor
Javier Torres. We definitely enjoyed what they did with this
particular vision of the future. Scenes were composed. Blocking
could have used a little more creative.
Mr. Torres’ use of the camera was decent. WE saw a lot of
creative shots, angles, movement and more importantly an attention
to detail, nothing worse than a static camera.
Set design was a bit raw at times, but again this was done
for a film race and with a limited amount of time. Lighting was a
bit flat in some of the scenes, in our opinion, but overall most of
the movie was visually appealing. We can’t put our finger on what
could have been better, but maybe there was too much bright lighting
and not enough “mood” lighting, after all this was a “dark”
and psychological science fiction movie. Scene transitions were
unremarkable as it should be, seamless. With sound, it was
consistent with tone and volume.
Casting was hardly an ensemble and performances were strained
and not natural. Did it work? Of course it did. It gave the movie a
realistic, documentary feel.
Assessment of the movie, the Production value:
science fiction movie was made for the short film competition called
The Zone. The team only had 7 days to make this short. “The
Ferry” was a good story and the production team did a good job in
making this movie. Hindsight is 20/20 and the movie could have been
a little tighter. The director did a great job in assembling a cast,
moving the performances and moving the story. The Director was able
to get some emotion from the key character that has to adapt to his
surroundings and dealing with his dimensioning mental state as he
travels for years in isolation. As well, Director Javier Torres put
together a good movie with a good story. But, determine its value
for yourself. Watch the movie.
reviewed this movie using our TSIRS rating system. We rated this
short movie a 4.3 out of 5 stars.
screening: Tuesday, April 28th at the Alamo
by Javier X. Torres
by: Javier X. Torres
Javier X. Torres, Brittany Torres, Matt Weaver and Jennifer Kliesign
Animator: Jonathan B. Riechel
FX and Editing: Javier X. Torres
Editor: Matt Weaver
Score by: Tellus Records
Wig: Brittany Torres
Javier X. Torres
B: Matt Weaver
& Props: Jennifer Kliesing and Micah Hunter
Mechanic: Matt Weaver
Larimore’s Wrangler: John Davis
Jeremiah Kliesing, Ruben Flores, John Larimore, Hollis Z. Torres,
Brittany Torres, Jennifer Kliesing, Jonathan Richie, Tina Ghaiassi,
Einrique Abulume, Chris Gaus and Aubrey Tres Page III.
short movie was made for The Zone Film Race 2015. This review did
not seek to see or review its qualifications for a win.
by H.Luna, C47Houston News & Entertainment Magazine / C47Houston
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