Watch “Archetype,” a chilling, new sci-fi film on YouTube

Following the overnight success of his YouTube video "Archetype," director Aaron Sims hopes to turn the project into a feature film. 


Fernando Alfonso III


Published Jan 23, 2012   Updated Jun 2, 2021, 10:23 pm CDT

In the not so distant future, humans have created eight-feet tall combat robots that are trained using virtual reality equipment. Everything seems to be going smoothly until one robot called RL7 turns against its creators, after it starts having mysterious visions of a human past.

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That’s the premise of “Archetype,” a seven-minute short film that took more than a year to create. The movie was posted on YouTube Jan. 19,  collecting more than 83,000 views and 374 comments.

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“It was this idea of a non-human character having human characteristics, which I’m completely fascinated when the filmmaker can take you on a journey with a non-human character and relate with them so much,” said director Aaron Sims in a behind-the-scenes video.

The film has also caught the attention of Reddit, where more than 250 people have been discussing the story and praising its special effects.

“[A]mazingly well done,” commented Mattxbc. “As a film student I can’t even imagine the amount of time and dedication it would take me to recreate anything remotely close to the complexity of this.”

Sims plans on turning the short into a full-length film in the near future.

“I’ve been working on the story for the feature and all I can say is its a lot bigger and there’s lot of surprises for the feature,” he told in an interview.

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*First Published: Jan 23, 2012, 2:30 pm CST