Okay, that's not entirely fair -- in reality, the video below has nothing to do with Frank Miller. It's not test footage, it's not an early short film of his and the man has probably never even seen this ... although he might take a quick look now that we've posted it. What we have for you today is a short film inspired by the Buck Rogers character created by a student (Patrick De Leon) for his editing class at the Art Institute of Colorado where he's majoring in Visual Effects. The short, which took four weeks to complete, is based on the way Buck appeared wayyy back in the day when he first arrived on the scene in the late 20's -- and it blends live action with campy sci-fi and a futuristic cityscape.

We mention Frank Miller, though, because news recently hit that Odd Lot was trying to purchase the rights to Buck Rogers off Nu Image/Millennium so that they could give Miller the chance to direct a new live-action version of the classic space hero. Seeing as how The Spirit crashed its way into the Crap Hall of Fame last month, some folks aren't crazy about Miller taking on such a beloved character for fear he'd ruin the Buck Rogers image. Me? I just don't think "camp" works with today's multiplex audience, no matter what the original source material is. But if Miller does get his hands on Rogers, should we expect something similar to this (which, I'd like to point out, is certainly impressive ... for an art student) ...



[via TheAwesomer]