Had another play with someone else's brilliant handiwork. This time Christopher Harn.
It's probably way too dark for a cold open, but...
Had a quick play with Maria's 'Run' video. (Heavily pixilated on here, looks much better downloaded).
*An idea for The Future collab... If you read this little script I highly recommend doing so at a sombre pace, and with this song playing in the background.
A YOUNG MAN in his early 20’s steps in front of a bathroom mirror. He looks up at his reflection and sees himself as an OLD MAN well into his 80’s. There is an unmistakable sadness in both men’s eyes.
The Old Man reflection speaks to his younger self.
OLD MAN: You will enjoy your twenties. They are, perhaps, your most noble years. You will quit that job you’ve already grown to hate, and, one day, on a simple whim, you will hitchhike to Mars, travelling through the outer constellations with outlaws and revolutionaries. You will start protesting against corporate slavery and eventually, with your friends, help to bring down the regime. You will speak. People will listen. They will ask you for advice. And they will ask you to fight. Always to fight... You’ll meet Dianna on the eve of your twenty-ninth birthday, and, it will be instantaneous. You make love in the Great Canyons underneath passing meteor showers. She falls pregnant, and against your better judgement, you will travel back to Earth to re-marry and make it legal. You do it for her, of course. You are both, happy. She gives birth to your daughter, and, there is a time, just a moment, really, where everything is good... Two years later Dianna’s parents are killed by corporate assassins. It turns out they were after you... By the time The Bank Wars start, she is already hooked on Stardust, and... and you suspect she is cheating on you with numerous Virtua Lovers. You send your daughter to live with her Uncle. You never see her again. Her name was Marissa... You are angry, at everything, so you enlist. You fight the Banks for seven long years. They win. You loose. Eventually you return to Mars and get hooked on Stardust. You hear rumours about Dianna being sold into the Underground. You try your best to forget her. The drugs help. They always help... For countless years you work the Black Markets of Neptune and help the corporations restore slavery to the entire sector. You become a valuable asset, and are well compensated. An old friend tries to kill you. You let him live. Barely... You’re an old man and you travel back to Earth, this time with corporate sponsorship. You buy a house in the Eastern Province as well as your old home with Dianna. From time to time you visit it, slowly restoring it to its former state. You find an old picture of the three of you hidden behind some cracked wallpaper. Just, a tiny memory. You stare at it everyday to remind yourself. You spend the last of your money receiving treatment for your decades of drug abuse. Your body is clean. You will live longer now. You deserve to live longer. Dying is too easy... Eventually you move into your old home. Every inch of its being is a memory, and you are trapped in it. You spend the days second-guessing every decision. Redoing it all in your mind, over and over. Undo, redo, repeat... I can’t tell you what to do. Your fate is already sealed, and it is ours to share, together.
The camera tracks through the wall to the other side of the mirror where the Old Man is standing in front of the mirror staring at his younger self.
OLD MAN: See you tomorrow.
The Old Man presses a button on the mirror. The Young Man reflection flickers and disappears. He is now staring at his own old and worn out face. He leaves the bathroom.
There is some branding on the mirror that reads:
REMEMBER HOW YOU USED TO BE
These are both similar ideas so I thought I'd lump them together.
We open on a woman arriving late to a dinner with her new boyfriend and his parents, whom she has yet to meet. She apologises for being late and sits at the table but awkwardly has to make room for her entourage of secrets that have accompanied her. For eg, there is a version of her wearing a tight leather bondage outfit (her 'dirty little secret'), a suave looking douche-bag of a man (her 'secret affair'), an obnoxious teenage punk chick, smoking, spitting, swearing (her 'embarrassing past secret'), and so on...
We then see the boyfriend extremely embarrassed while his parents interrogate her secrets and try to find out all they can about her.
Awkward hilarity ensues.
RE: THE FUTURE
Sort of similar to above but this time a young obnoxious, know-it-all man sits at a bar drinking heavily and telling the other male patrons all about how he's going to "change the world" and how he'll "never end up in a place like this when he's old". We also notice he has a distinguishable feature (perhaps a scar, or large mole, or bright red hair). The other male patrons look embarrassed for him and try to talk him out of whatever he's planning. It's then we notice that they all have that same distinguishable feature, and are all just older versions of him at the various stages of his life, including the bartender.
I imagine a funny, and poignant back and forth dialogue between all these men while the youngest version doesn't listen to a word they say. We could perhaps finish with a grumpy 70 year old version telling the youngest to "shut the fuck up" and "have a drink with your future"... or something like that.
*Taylor already wrote one for this, so here's my point of view.
EPISODE / SEGMENT: RE: SPACE / The Astronaut's Wife
USER NAME: Kubi
ONE LINE BIO: I like to make films that make you :) and :( and :o
LINK TO THE RECORD:
original script: http://www.hitrecord.org/records/1362220
tdolan's video: http://www.hitrecord.org/records/1363998
remix of tdolan's video: http://www.hitrecord.org/records/1365554
TELL US SOMETHING INTERESTING ABOUT YOUR RECord:
Out of all my contributions to the series, this simple little script ended up being my favorite. Not because I think it's the greatest script ever written, but because of how other people remixed it. To see Taylor (tdolan) act out a section and turn it into sheer magic using just the camera on her laptop left my speechless. After I saw her face pop up and open the RE: SPACE episode, it made me appreciate how fearless hitRECord on TV is. And to then see it inspire Ryan Coogler's The Edge Of Space short, well that was just an added bonus.
EPISODE / SEGMENT: RE: GAMES / TWO PLAYER GAME
USER NAME: Kubi (pronounced coo~bee)
ONE LINE BIO: I play with my dog and make movies... usually in that order.
LINK TO THE RECord: http://www.hitrecord.org/records/1538096
TELL US SOMETHING INTERESTING ABOUT YOUR RECord:
What can I say? I got to spend 2 weeks snuggled up to Scarlett Johansson's voice while I animated this film. I feel you, Theodore Twombly... I feel you.
It was Halloween when I had a chat to Joe about making the film. He was dressed up as if he'd just jumped straight out of The Rocky Horror Picture Show... I think I spent about 3% of the time listening to him, and the other 97% just staring at him.
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recollection volume 2
A bigger, bolder, badass vol 2... There's an overwhelming amount of new writing, photography, illustration, music, film, etc that has been contributed since vol 1. It's also a great place for the segments that didn't make the final cut of the tv show.
And in keeping with the idea of always creating art, I'd love to see a chapter that was hands-on interactive, utilising cut-out figurines and model sets that people can use to tell new stories with (similar to how the writer/artist Chris Ware creates some of his graphic novels).
kids vs monsters
I'd love to see this fleshed out. Perhaps as webisodes or a book/diary.
*NOTE: This is not the final version that appears on the DON JON dvd/bluray
It's really great to be able to upload this, mainly so all those people who contributed to the collab can see it. Thank you to everyone who did contribute. It was a crazy little film to make - there was about 2.5 weeks to get it all done, and that includes most of the pre and post production. So there was no way I was going to get it all done without everyone's help. That insane schedule is also why I couldn't use quite as many contributions as I would have liked, but I feel like I used a fair chunk.
Just so you know - because I mostly animate in Flash (a vector based program) it means when I'm using someone's rec, I'm not using their actual physical image. Instead I'm tracing over it in Flash so it's vectorised and I'm free to animate in the way I'm most comfortable with. It also means I can easily manipulate things like colour so it blends in with the rest of the scene. So some of you might not recognise your rec's straight away, but I assure you they're there in some form or another.
Don Jon was only released 2 days ago on DVD/Blu down here in Oz so I finally got to see it complete with Joe's introduction and credits etc... I've made quite a few shorts in my time and this was definitely one of the more enjoyable ones to make.
As always, but especially with this one, it will look MUCH better if you download it. I was going to upload a 1080p version but my intenet speed sucks, so it's just 720.