Just finished watching the first three installments of Origin: Beyond the Impact. From the information to be gathered, it appears this is the first release from Etched Motion Productions and Director Jeff Patton.
Origin: Beyond the Impact (BTi) is a web series and is available to watch on Vimeo. The most recent installment (Episode 3) was released on May 18, 2015, with future episodes available this Fall. Each episode runs 15+ minutes, just enough to whet your appetite. The nature of the series is tagged as sci-fi, but I would also add suspenseful drama in my description. As far as I am concerned it has something for everybody in those categories.
BTi is set in current day Southern California and has its origin (wink) in a space object (alien?) impact in 1962. The first few minutes are the set up for the series, interspersed with some impressive credits, along with music that seems very “Hans Zimmer-ish” in places and “Daft Punk-ish” in other places in the series. We are introduced to a number of characters in the first episode but given no real background other than some kind of secret is being kept (hence the intrigue) and it appears everyone wants to know what that secret is. The plot thickens when a Russian operative is introduced and sent to the U.S. As each episode progresses we are given very tiny glimpses into the characters personalities and what may be at the heart of this big secret. The secret is so secret even elements the U.S. government are kept in the dark. I could go on with my description but then I would be in spoiler territory.
I like the writing and the pace of the episodes, although I wish they were longer and we could have been given more answers. I will say, however, that this is no Lost (don’t get me started). They do give just enough in the way of clues to be exciting and to keep me coming back. I don’t know how many episodes are planned but they could stretch this out for a while at 15+ minutes a pop.
The acting was solid, although one of the actors made me want to pinch his head off at first, but then I realized it was the way his character was written. It will be interesting to see the actors grow into their characters as the series progresses.
I really like some of the filming and cinematography techniques used for BTi, especially at the beginning for the 1962 sequence where they employed a classic sepia tone to depict that era, and then flowed into what could be referred to as a blue-sepia or maybe a cyanotype sequence; whatever you call it, I loved it for the artistic expression. The color palette for this series is somewhat muted, with hints of deeper color (primarily blue), allowing for scenes that appear underexposed as well as scenes that are extremely overexposed giving an ethereal feel to the series.