Master of Special Effects Aaron Sims debuts his Sci-Fi Short Film “Archetype”

By Staff Editor, PK.



You might not know his name unless you happen to watch and remember with amazing detail the credits of movies like Green Lantern, but Aaron Sims has spent 25 years in Hollywood bringing some of the most amazing creatures and effects to life. Today he debuts his science fiction short film Archetype; featuring the story about a combat robot named RL7, which goes on the run from its military creators after it malfunctions and develops vivid memories of once being human. RL7 battles its way to uncovering the shocking truth behind its past as authorities close in; directed by Aaron Sims, and featuring the acting talents of Robert Joy (Land of the Dead, CSI: NY) and David Anders (Heros, 24).


The concept of this isn’t super new, there’s been many sci-fi stories over the years where a human being was put into a cyborg body, running a-muck and becoming a hero in the process of rediscovering his/her humanity. Robocop comes to mind, although I’m hard pressed to turn down a good cyborg movie even if the concept is a little repeated. Archetype is beautifully presented by Aaron Sims and White Rock lake Productions, and complemented very well by the acting of Robert Joy, who many may know from his work on CSI: NY. The action is steady but always interesting, yet there’s something deeply intriguing about this film. Could just be the inner sci-fi/cyborg junkie in me, but I found the story to be more than engrossing enough to stand up and say “Please sir, I want some more“.

If they can bring this cast back, then this is one movie I feel is worthy of the big screen treatment, and is something I would pay to go see.  5 out of 5 Stars.

From his official Biography:

In the mid-80s, Sims moved to Los Angeles to begin his career as a special effects makeup artist. His work quickly attracted the attention of legendary Academy Award® winner Rick Baker, with whom Sims collaborated for the next twelve years. During that time, Sims served as a leading special effects artist on some of the most popular, defining movies of the 1990s: Gremlins 2Batman ForeverMighty Joe YoungNutty ProfessorHow the Grinch Stole Christmas, and Men in Black.

Sims embraced the new computer technology with enthusiasm in the mid 90’s and began to combine Softimage 3D animation software, Photoshop’s painting capabilities and his knowledge and experience as a sculptor and artist.

In the late 1990s, Sims started working for Academy Award® winner, Stan Winston, who encouraged Sims’ pioneering methods. With advanced computers and cutting-edge software, Sims altered the industry’s process of design and development. In 2000 Sims introduced his design process to Steven Spielberg and became the lead character designer for Artificial Intelligence: A.I. Sims created unprecedented designs for all of Spielberg’s robot characters and, in doing so, validated his groundbreaking approach to character creation.

Having raised the bar in the concept design industry, Sims co-created Stan Winston Digital and led the studio, as art director and head concept artist, on such films as ConstantineFantastic FourSky Captain and the World of TomorrowEight BelowTerminator 3: Rise of the Machines, Spielberg’s War of the Worlds, and Tim Burton’s Big Fish.

Sims’ creative approach to concept design using digital technology has had significant affects on the film industry. Softimage development teams have advanced aspects of their software from Sims creative use of their product. Sims has also inspired many of the current techniques used by top artists and designers in the entertainment industries. The demand for training in his methods has led to an ongoing partnership with Alex Alvarez and the Gnomon School of Visual Effects on a series of instructional DVDs.

With the same adventurous spirit that fueled his willingness to embrace digital technology, Sims founded The Aaron Sims Company to work on 30 Days of NightThe Golden CompassI Am LegendThe Day the Earth Stood StillThe Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian,The Incredible HulkThe Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon EmperorClash of the Titans and Sucker Punch.