New Short Film 'Genesis' Offers A New Take On Superheroes

Screenshot - Chris Kos in Genesis
Screenshot - Chris Kos in 'Genesis'
Take a look at this short film called 'Genesis' from Los Angeles-based filmmaker CJ Johnson. The film's set in a world with super-powered individuals who are resisting efforts by the government to round them up. If you think that sounds like it was inspired by the X-Men comics and movies, you're right. CJ lists the X-Men as one of the main inspirations for making 'Genesis'.

Screenshot, Chris Kos, Ian Roberts, Genesis
Screenshot - Chris Kos, Ian Roberts in 'Genesis'
Overall, I thought this was a high-quality short with an interesting cast and smart dialogue. CJ also takes advantage of actual news footage to add realism, and he has a well-choreographed fight scene to provide some action. The short also has cool visual effects that you don't often see in a film like this.

For a more detailed description of the film, check out the synopsis below.

Hit me up in the comments with your thoughts on 'Genesis'.

Genesis (2013) Short Film from CJ Johnson on Vimeo.

GENESIS -- Set in an alternate present day, people with super abilities known as "genesis subjects" are hunted down by the government as a larger political debate is happening worldwide. When a "hunter" comes face to face with an old friend who refuses to go quietly into the night, he's faced with his toughest mission yet. Discovering that he may just be a pawn in a much larger game. This is a gritty take on a world filled with people with super abilities. No costumes. No capes. Just a simple question… if someone you knew had special powers, does that mean that they still have the same rights as everyone else? This is a passion project, inspired by X-Men comics and Steven Soderbergh's "Traffic".


Writer, Director - CJ Johnson
Director of Photography - Richie Trimble
"The Hunter" - Chris Kos
"Richard Hawkins" - Ian Roberts
"The Woman" - Sarah Gombia
"Genesis Subjects" - Andre Boyer, Hartleigh Buwick
Producers - Nick Thiel, CJ Johnson
Executive Producers - Richie Trimble, Chris Kos, Dewalt Mix
Associate Producer - Matthew T. Smith
Editors - Nick Thiel, CJ Johnson
Featuring Music by Bradford Nyght "Book of Ely" & J.S. Bach "Suite No. 3 in D Major"
Visual Effects - Marcos Zanet, CJ Johnson, John Ames
Sound Mixing - Andrew Pitts, Nick Thiel
Location Sound Mixer - Marco Solis
Special Thanks - Andre Boyer, Ryan Katz, Mike Kroll, Scott Barrows, Marcus Stokes, Salmon Ligthelm
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