What is Desertski Films?

Desertski Films is a production company focused on creating inspiring content with relevant social messages in fictional worlds. Founded in 2016 by writer, director, and producer Arturo Vargas, Desertski Films focuses on current social, political, and environmental issues across the narrative genres, but not limited to, science fiction, fantasy, and drama, in both short and feature forms.

Given the ever changing social and cultural landscape, Desertski aims to develop and create content that captivates audiences by telling stories that inspire hope for a brighter future. Our goal is to focus on the impact of the human spirit in each of our projects, and to motivate audiences to view the world in a positive and imaginative light.

Gender equality and cultural diversity is a priority in every production by Desertski Films. Equal rights and representation for women and minorities is essential to best exemplify the world we want to live in.

Since it's founding, Desertski has been distinguished in film festivals throughout the world. Our films have screened at Cannes, Worldfest, Hollyshorts, and Irvine International, among others. Having won numerous awards for Best Science-Fiction Film, with distinctions in Direction, Cinematography, Original Score, and Sound Mixing. We look forward to growing in every area of the entertainment business.

What are you working on right now?

Right now we’ve wrapped post-production on our short film "Rescatado," a film about an immigrant child living in the U.S. who wishes to escape his abusive reality by bringing his favorite super hero to life. We’re now submitting to film festivals around the world hoping to screen at a theater near you. We also released our first comic book titled "Psychic Warriors: Rising," currently on Amazon and local comic book stores. We’ll be working on the sequel to “Rising” soon. Please check us out and stay updated on our Facebook page!

Aero: Origins

And so Aero's saga continues...

I'm excited for this announcement more importantly because this will be a different approach than the previous short film "Aero." Aero: Origins will have the approach of becoming a graphic novel or a motion web comic depending on its progress throughout the year.

Now let me tell you about the story. Aero: Origins was originally written back about 4 years ago as a prequel to a comic series I did called "Heaven's Warriors." This story will also be a prequel for my most recent short film "Aero." However, this time, the main character in this film/series will be Aero himself. Whereas, in the short film, Aero was the supporting character and the heart of the movie. 

Aero: Origins is about the events that happened on Aero's home planet before it was destroyed. How he managed to escape to Earth and survive was a mystery and his last resort.

Aero and his race were one of the first beings created in the universe. They were created for a sole purpose: to protect the sentient life of their universe. Most of their names are wind-related because they are believed to be born into the world as "a breath from God." They appear as super intelligent humanoids exploring another side of the universe that is opposite to the location of Earth. These beings have also supernatural abilities of different elements and abilities that are unique to each kind such as fire, water, electricity, wind, earth, ice, telekinesis and more. However, being in the center of an dark unknown universe surrounded by other life-habitant planets leads them to danger with their home planet constantly getting overrun by demons. At their highest peak of danger, this is when Aero and his brothers take a stand.

In the image above are some of Aero's brothers as well as loyal soldiers from left to right: Blitz, Aero, and Gust.

Blitz is the most stubborn and aggressive out of the three. He tends to get heated easily yet has a big heart for the ones he protects. He likes to use no weapons in combat and would rather use his bare hands to fight his enemies. Blitz has a big amount of his respect for Aero more than any other of his companions.

Gust has the most intellect, yet the youngest out of the three. He tends to be a pessimist most of the time but can solve battle strategies and build technology as fast as typing a problem in a calculator. He tends to sneaky around his enemies and use his psychic abilities against them, unlike Blitz. Gust looks up to Aero and is one of the only few companions he tends to listen to.

At last, but not least, Aero is the leader of his army. He always likes to make his own decisions and strictly convince his brothers to follow them. In combat, Aero is the Vanguard. He strikes first and finds a way to win as a team, but can hardly win by himself. Aero is the most optimistic and never breaks his promises. But at a situation where his home territory is being destroyed, he might just break down.

Another character, not revealed in this image, is Zephyr. Zephyr is Aero's closest brother as well as the co-leader of Aero's army. When it comes to battle tactics, Zephyr is almost similar to Aero's. He plants strategically and fights as a team. However, he tends to make more risks and sacrifices unlike Aero. His personality is quite opposite and at times can be reckless. This leads to Aero's concern growing bigger for Zephyr when they're in desperate measures. In fact, a important factor of this story will be the relationship between Aero and Zephyr. Their decisions as well as their brothers will impact the fate of their home planet. The biggest question: was Aero the only one that made it out alive? 

Now in development with an estimate release date in 2015.

Stay tuned.

-Arturo Vargas