Angelo Licata’s science fiction short subject Closer is a carefully constructed and layered “first contact” story, with romance, adventure. comedy, action, sci-fi eye candy, and a deep back story, all of which somehow fit together seamlessly. It tells the story of Luke and Sarah, camping in the woods and hoping for some romantic personal time. The plans are interrupted when they encounter first one alien visitor, then another. It’s another one of those “fate of the world hangs in the balance” stories,  yet it is set up so well that it’s on pretty solid bedrock when the action starts.

From the Angelo Licata, the film’s director/producer/co-writer:

The film pays homage to the atmosphere of the great genre movies from the late seventies and the eighties, something between Back to the Future and Close Encounters of the Third Kind. After directing the second unit on Males versus Females by Italian director Fausto Brizzi and having supervised the visual effects on a famous series of ads starring Antonio Banderas, I have spent a year writing two scripts I’m very proud of with my co-writer Roberto Pretti. Writing is beautiful, but I really wanted to return on the set. I had this idea in mind for a few years, a simple concept, but one that would allow me to recall the atmosphere of the movies I grew up with . The story that we see in Closer is just a teaser of a very complex and intriguing mythology that we have built around the theories about alien abductions. We have brought together the great Dark Resurrection1 team with some very talented newcomers. Together we have created something new that should be considered just a beginning, a starting point for an international film that we are writing right now.

Closer feels like a small film, in part because it’s shot on location in the woods, with a very small cast of characters. This is appropriate. The more of the outside world one shows, the more resources have to be diverted from telling the real story. The visual design and effects feel very fresh and up to date, so this film will age gracefully and will be a delight for years to come.

This is one of the longer short subjects we have put up as Video of the Day at a bit over 20 minutes, but it’s worth taking the time to watch in its entirety. If you’re at work, bookmark this page so you can come back to it when you get home. Unless you’re the boss, in which case, go ahead and watch the whole thing now.

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1 Dark Resurrection is a popular Italian Star Wars fan film, made in 2007.

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