Our group is finished with collecting our media sources: The Yellow Pill, Blood Brothers, Jeffty Is Five, and The Sixth Finger. Now we are moving on to the 'artefacts', projects based on these stories.
Before I talk about my planned contribution, I will share more of my thoughts on what we've read and watched. For summaries of these stories, you can go to the Warning! Foreign Matter Detected blog page.
The Yellow Pill by Rog Phillips was the first story my group and I read. I found this story to be interesting, so I chose it for the subject of my artefact. I am planning on drawing an animated movie cover and concept art for a fictional adaptation.
My least favourite was Blood Brothers, an episode from the rebooted Outer Limits. It's not because I disliked the story, in this case the presentation made it difficult to engage? I don't know if it's appropriate to blame the writers or the actors, as I could just be outside of the target audience. It feels odd though. I have experienced the likes of Dune, Twin Peaks, and Aeon Flux, and I had no problem getting into their worlds strange and/or unfamiliar as they were. Maybe I process fantasy better than reality.
Having autism greatly hampers my social abilities, hence I've spent a majority of my eighteen years building and inhabiting my own world. While I still don't know what I want to do after high school, I definitely know what interests me and what doesn't. Blood Brothers, while not a painful experience, also wasn't appealing to me.
Of all the short stories that I've read in Science Fiction, three of them were by Harlan Ellison, including Jeffty Is Five. I enjoy how he writes. It feels genuine, as if some one is physically there telling the story. He creates unique descriptions and he can also be humorous. There isn't any humour in Jeffty however.
Lastly, our group previewed the original Outer Limits with The Sixth Finger. Gwyllm's demand for books still amuses me. "Arrgh, give me all the books!" The actor who portrayed him did a great job, I think. I wouldn't have known the character's actual name if I hadn't looked the episode up. And I'd still be calling Professor Mathers 'Doctor Grump'. Almost like how I dubbed the AT-STs 'chicken walkers', except they will always go by that name in my mind. :D
Now to share my project idea, I want to draw an animated movie cover and concept art for a fictional adaptation of The Yellow Pill. I've collected and printed out web images to use as my references, and made some very rough sketch. Today, I'm going lay out my concept for the cover.
Hi ho, hi ho, off to work I'll go! I've posted a link to the intro of the video game adaptation of I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream down below. Ellison worked with another writer on the story and dialogue, and he provides the voice of AM. It's amazing.