It’s head had mould into a superhero Patapon from the excitingly innovative, rhythm-based 2D action game Patapon 3. This time, the t-shirt even had a black Patapon imprint with a big, half-tilted face, an eye and the three-stick iron helmet. On the back were the words, PATA PATA, PON PON, CHAKA CHAKA, DON DON.
Held within its palms was a PS Vita with the videogame running, as the sounds of talking drums declared into its earbuds. A game based on tribal creatures and two Japanese onomatopoeias, pata (to march) and pon (to drum). Commanding an army via beating drums in a traditional manner. But with a difference, the drums were chanting words. Highly addictive. Up came the bubbles chanting along.
After spinning its re-attachable head with vertigo velocity, watched and enjoyed every moment of the 30 minute short film, The Snowman & The Snowdog. It fell asleep. Then suddenly awoke to see a large, brightly glowing Christmas tree. It’s eyes began to widen with emotion, as it stared at the tree. It was as if it had pupils that dilated profoundly, so human-like.
It’s head and heart began to glow beyond any limit.
What were dreams made of? Well, it elaborated images into video motion like it were a motion picture. Having survived the placebo virus it was imagining what the real thing could do.
It dreamt the external black dots were as if micro atoms that possibly posed like the deadly, overwhelming dwarf geckos from Metal Gear Solid 4. Internally, it was probably like a segment from Digimon The Movie, Our War Game, a virus that consumed large amounts of data. In this scenario, the e-mail overload was enough to slow it down, it thought. The dream was playing out like A Scanner Darkly’s interpolated rotoscope-style animation.
It’s cord-thin neck elongated as it’s head shook sideways, like a bell. Flashing amber like a whirling beacon. An orange nose and a lime hat, even the buttons on the front. Now we’ve seen that before, haven’t we? It even wore a rendered imprint of it on it’s t-shirt. With a Snowdog on the back. It stood waiting. Excitedly. With a spread-wide smile.
Channel 4… The Snowman & The Snowdog.
“Scrooge, The Polar Express, The Nightmare Before Christmas…zzz… WAKE UP! Santa, the elves & his reindeers should be here…
Cecilia E. Page, a pregnant filmmaking graduate escaped days of abduction. Suddenly felt an energy absorb into her after waiting under a supernaturally glowing lamppost. She felt safe.
Tara L. Mars, an ex-forensic investigator and Alaric Park, digital painter have captured and killed David Lynch, a serial killer. The dead corpse suddenly gives off a sigh. Believing David is still alive, Tara and Alaric make sure he stays dead.
But then an Entity suddenly consumes the corpse. An LSD consuming, congenital analgesia suffering shape-shifter. A shape-shifter from the 70’s.
An absorbing Cecilia meets a guilt-ridden Alaric and soon, a troubled Tara. As they discover the secret behind the glowing lightposts, and hold off the shape-shaper.
The psychological, supernatural thriller-drama dubbed “Bulb” is a creative look into the supernatural, with darker undertones.
There were plans for a part 4, but the ideas, despite being innovative, didn’t seem effective. The author felt it would dilute the impact of Part 3.
OUTLINE: 3 days had passed after the events of Part 3. Dahlia awakens at the humming of a CD player shouting miles away. With no one around.
She remembers briefly that she had been abducted. And that when she awoke, she swallowed a keyring sized, bullet-shaped explosive device…
She forces herself to vomit the device out onto the floor, pushes down and twists it. It pops to a larger version, the size of her forearm. Removing the top she carries it with her. She’d seen it in action and knew of its power.
The device sends off a flashing amber beacon, calling out. Just as a set of aliens arrive at the site, holding the removed, top part of the device, she twists the centre-positioned red button. The lower part of the device go’s off like a nuclear explosion.
Despite writing this concept, it didn’t seem convincing. Thereby, discarded.
Alaric had been waiting in the balcony. His hair trimmed short and even dyed blonde, the roots were still dark. Tear-filled eyes refused to hold back. The emptied Smirnoff bottle laying around on the floor suggested Alaric had been drinking.
He wasn’t completely intoxicated but he was beyond vulnerable. The morbidly bad feeling that was churning deep in his stomach. A dreadful feeling surged through him. Saddening.
Held in one hand a drug pipe, and in the other, a lighter. He lit the drug pipe as he heated the subtending leaves of marijuana. Yes, marijuana. He probably might have been carrying it in his cylindrical bag.
He was suddenly mixing his alcohol contents with drugs. His life had been vandalised. Consumed by hallucinogenic euphoria.
His gravely staring eyes. Drooped with distorted reality.
Dahlia is wearing a white t-shirt with the Stand Up To Cancer imprinted on the front, In Memory of…
The pod starts off as a small can – the first warning of invasion before again seen as a larger pod.
Despite an internal power cut, how did Dahlia manage to contact the quarantine team? Her cellphone didn’t switch on too. Only when she stepped outside, the cellphone switched back on.
After the amber flashing beacon, each Pod has generated a signal to the mothership, for invasion.
Last minute idea that was visualised during editing, was that an equipment was used which gave off high, soundless wavelengths. Generated from the pod, as if it was “communicating” out. This was not added to the final version.
Originally, there were plans a sound would blare as a sign that an invasion was about to happen. But one movie came to mind for this The Thing (2011). But this was dropped.
After watching the earlier first half of The Mist on Blu Ray, the klaxon sound effect was perfect for the story, and therefore was included eventually.
The concept of Pod was visualised 3-4 years back.
Pod was split into two halves. Completed late October 2012, in four days. Later underwent the editing process.