It's not rare these days for a director who wants funding to make a movie to start by crafting a killer trailer to a film that doesn't exist, but it is rare that the trailer makes us want to watch that as-yet-nonexistent movie immediately. That's the trick that Spanish director J.J. Palomo pulls off with his three-minute short/trailer, Keloid.
The trailer sets up Keloid as the latest singularity-based, man-vs-machine disaster movie--think Terminator, maybe--with some extremely creepy imagery. (Mannequins, in this world, may well be as dangerous as robots--and nothing's worse than a villain whose mouth doesn't move when it talks.) It's a slick combination of some lo-fi practical effects, like shooting a room full of creepy-looking mannequins while a child-like voice speaks, with slick effects and CGI that lends the appearance of a Hollywood blockbuster. Massive armies of robot machine gunners take to the streets against amassed armies of armor-clad humans, and the whole thing sets up a conflict that it would be a lot of fun to watch play out over the course of two hours.
The Hollywood Reporter reports that might be a possibility at some point, too: According to its post on the short, Palomo is working with a pair of producers including Roy Lee, who produced Spike Lee's forthcoming Oldboy remake. Hollywood being Hollywood, there's no way to know if that'll ever actually happen--but the trailer, at least, gives us a reason to hope.