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Someone couldn't wait for the Rendezvous With Rama movie

Posted by Patrick Sauriol on Monday, May 3, 2010

Nearly a decade ago I did a script review of Rendezvous With Rama, a heady sci-fi movie based on the classic Arthur C. Clarke novel. In the book Clarke told the story of a mammoth cylindrical spaceship that flew by Earth a century from now. A team of astronauts were sent to land on the vessel, find a way in and make contact with the aliens inside it, if there were any.

At the time the movie was being developed by David Fincher (Fight Club, Seven, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button) and had Morgan Freeman attached to star as the captain of the Earth vessel. Even with a solid script and the involvement of Freeman and and Fincher, nobody wanted to cough up the $70 million it would've taken to make the movie a reality.

That's not good enough for two creative people out there. Philip Mahoney is a recent graduate of the sound design program at Vancouver Film School and apparently he's a big fan of Rama, to the point that he used the four-minute fan teaser that NYU graduate student Aaron Ross created nine years ago to show what he believes a big screen version of Rendezvous With Rama could look like. The results are impressive.

 

 

UPDATE: At the time of our story's publication we believed that the Rama short film was the sole creation of Phil Mahoney. Mahoney contacted us to set the story straight -- he designed and created the sound design for this short film only. The credit for creating/directing the short goes to Aaron Ross, graduate of the Tisch School of the Arts. Our story now reflects this new information. Watch a behind-the-scenes video of Ross' Rama film.

[Thanks to Cinema Blend for the heads up]

 

-Cinema Blend, Philip Mahoney.
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Posted: 8 years 11 weeks ago

This film was not created by Phil Mahoney. It was made by Aaron Ross at NYU film school in 2001:

http://vimeo.com/1989082
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZY2Yt1ATm4c
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0388369/

This version is a student sound project from Vancouver film school.

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Posted: 8 years 11 weeks ago

Hello Folks,

This is Phil Mahoney, the sound designer in question. Thanks so much to this site for writing about my sound design final project, and for everyone who posted comments. Just want to clarify something though: This is not *my* film. The film was created by Aaron Ross when he attended the Tisch School Of The Arts in 2001.

However, the sound design is all mine, and was the catalyst to this film getting so much attention. I attended the Sound Design For Visual Media program at Vancouver Film School last year, and this was my final project. I chose Aaron’s video because I thought there was a lot of opportunity for sound, and I was right. I got 91% on the project and consequently, my project was chosen out of many to be featured on the official VFS Youtube channel, Vimeo and iTunes, among others. Io9.com found it, wrote about it, and it went viral from there. As of this writing, nearly 20,000 people have viewed Rendezvous With Rama in the past 48 hours.

It was an absolute blast to record, edit and mix all of the sound for the film, including the original score. I’m primarily a composer and I’ve been scoring for over twenty years. I am actively looking for sound design and composing work and if you like what you heard, please get in touch!

Phil Mahoney
Vancouver
phil@philmahoney.com

Patrick Sauriol
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Posted: 8 years 10 weeks ago

Thank you Phil, Vladikoff for setting the record straight. I've updated my story to reflect Aaron's role in this and included a link to his video.

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