See intense sci-fi short that earned Trek 2 artist a film deal

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Feb 4, 2013, 2:47 PM EST (Updated)

After sketching up some designs for J.J. Abrams‘ Star Trek Into Darkness, concept artist Kasra Farahani decided to get behind the camera for his own sci-fi project—and the results just netted him his very own film deal.

Farahani (Thor, Spider-Man 3, Avatar) is an accomplished artist in the industry, though his experience has strictly been relegated to the design phase. But not anymore. The artist directed his own 12-minute short, Noon, showing a scene from a full-length script he’s been developing. He has a definite eye for angles, and you can tell this comes from someone with an artistic eye who knows how to frame a shot.

Chernin Entertainment (Rise of the Planet of the Apes) will develop the film with Farahani attached to direct. The flick is set 200 years in the future, in a world where Earth has turned on its axis and one side of the planet is forever in the light. The story follows a human smuggler tasked with sneaking people into one of the few habitable areas left.

Though we know the odds aren't great that this one will actually make it to the big screen (its one of dozens of short films currently in full-length development), we know some lucky shorts have eventually survived the development process.

Here is Farahani’s setup for the scene below:

“NOON is a scene from a completed feature screenplay. The short sets up the world’s unique premise and introduces our protagonist, Gray, a coyote numbed to the cruelty of the world and his part in it. We watch Gray struggle to salvage what humanity still exists within him when profit is pitted against morality.”

Check out the short: 

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(Via The Hollywood Reporter)