Paramount to Expand Killer Sci-Fi Short ‘Vessel’ Into Feature

Vessel Clark Baker

We praised Clark Baker‘s Vessel back in May as part of our Short Film of the Day feature, so it’s beyond exciting to hear that the short has led to a feature film at Paramount. According to Variety, the studio has hired Stephen Susco (The Grudge) to write a feature film version with Baker set to direct. Unfortunately, that means the short film is now nowhere to be found online – behind privacy setting lock and key. A small price to pay for the chance to see it up on the big screen.

The short featured a fantastic blend of practical and CGI effects, as well as some sharp dialogue even in the midst of a mid-air alien invasion when an airplane collides with another ship.

It’s also another example of new funding methods leading to larger success. The film was funded on KickStarter, and now Baker has translated the finished product into work within the studio system, but beyond the symbolism of the achievement, it’s excellent to see such quality work being recognized. Hopefully it gives birth so something dangerous, slimy and awesome.


A veteran of writing about movies for nearly a decade, Scott Beggs has been the Managing Editor of Film School Rejects since 2009. Despite speculation, he is not actually Walter Mathau's grandson. See? He can't even spell his name right.

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