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Ram in short sci-fi film

by Bill Cawthon on

The short (4.5 minute) science fiction film “Traveler” features a Ram pickup, in what looks like a paid placement — but isn’t. In fact, Allpar contacts at FCA werent even aware of the film or the Ram’s role in it.

Simon Brown’s film prominently shows a Ram in what could have been advertising poses, but aren’t; it’s a complimentary visual portrayal. The CGI visual effects are fine; and one wonders if this is the kickoff to a full length movie or series of films.

Brown isn’t new to short films with vehicles in them. He was the computer graphics lead in the Audi TV spot “Drones” and the “Milk Run” ad for the Chevy Sonic. He has also been a special effects artist for an impressive number of feature films.

Bill Cawthon grew up in the auto industry in the 1950s. His Dad worked for Chrysler and Bill spent a number of Saturdays down on the plant floor at Dodge Main in Hamtramck. Bill is also the U.S. market correspondent for just-auto.com, a British auto industry publication, and a member of the Texas Auto Writers Association, which has named the Jeep Grand Cherokee the “SUV of Texas” several times and named the Ram 1500 as the “Truck of Texas” two years running.

Bill has owned five Plymouths (including the only 1962 “Texan”), one Dodge and one Chrysler and is still trying to figure out how to justify a Wrangler. He also has owned at least one of every 1:87 scale model of a Chrysler product. You can reach him directly at (206) 888-7324 or by using the form.


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