DECONSTRUCTED Comic

Coming soon DECONSTRUCTED is a part thriller, part action comic, set in the near future. It follows the struggles of Sophie, the new assistant mechanic aboard the Evangeline.

'When The Machine Breaks Down...'

DECONSTRUCTED Comic is created by Den Patrick & Chris Christison ©.

Monday, 13 September 2010

DECONSTRUCTED – Influences

When I started out with DECONSTRUCTED I literally just had the single image of a girl trying to fix her crawler in vast, bleak, snowy wastes. It was one of those steep angled shots that film directors are so enamoured with, and so am I it would seem. DECONSTRUCTED is definitely indebted to a few films, and I’d like to take the time to mention them here:

Moon (2009) was largely feted as a return to the classic Science Fiction of the 1970s – a time when computer generated effects could only be dreamt of. Indeed the models and the chunky design of all the vehicles and even the moon base itself are intensely satisfying.

Moon manages to be engaging and heartfelt, even with its tiny cast. The film even toys with being a psychodrama in space for a while. One of the tropes that often appear in 70s and 80s Science Fiction is that of the uncaring, faceless Corporation – one that will do anything to ensure its profit margin. Whilst I don’t explore that idea too much in DECONSTRUCTED, it will no doubt appear in some guise in future story arcs.

Possibly the most poignant feature of Moon, for me, was the simple boredom and drudgery of working on the far side of the moon, and the things people do to escape that boredom. The amazing (living in space) reduced to the mundane (dirty laundry, coffee stains, general clutter) is a lovely counter point to the high tech minimalism of the design.

Another feature of Moon is the Artificial Intelligence (voiced by the ever-wonderful Kevin Spacey). Without giving too much away, it’s nice to see that usual ‘AI goes berserk and starts killing everyone’ is nicely avoided. The idea of a benevolent AI really appealed to me for the story arc on DECONSTRUCTED, but I can’t say too much more for fear of spoiling the story!

More influences soon!

1 comment:

  1. I really enjoyed the used of models in Moon. These days CGI wouldn't have cost any more or less, much more of a deliberate choice.
    Interesting little side notes, Sam Rockwell when shooting the scenes with himself would ad lib a little, but later when shooting the other half of the argument would have to work out how to respond to the new line. And Kevin Spacey was only brought in after the film was shot and cut.

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