October 9, 2013 § Leave a comment
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October 5, 2010 § Leave a comment
It’s always exciting to me when I revisit something from my childhood and find fairly obvious seedlings for my future interests and aesthetics. I recently rewatched Leviathan for the first time since I was a kid, and was kind of surprised to find a few elements I may or may not have subconsciously cribbed, both in Upgrade Soul (the distanced controlling presence accessible only via videoconference), and another horror script I wrote a few years ago. The weird thing is that I don’t at all consider Leviathan to be a noteworthy part of my childhood cultural experience. Not like Robocop, Predator, Aliens, Terminator, Ice Pirates, Mad Max, or even Galaxy of Terror, to name a few. In recent years, however, I have fallen in love with Leviathan’s screenwriter, David Webb Peoples (12 Monkeys, Blade Runner, Unforgiven, Blood of Heroes), so maybe the film’s influence was more insidious than I give it credit for.
October 1, 2010 § Leave a comment
Upgrade Soul has gone through several metamorphoses to get to where it is now. In 2007, with a mind toward taking the story down a slightly skewed path, I hired the utterly amazing Tom Herpich to create designs for the story’s main characters. While we never pursued our collaboration beyond these illustrations, I cherish them no less. Tom went on to become a character designer and storyboard artist for Cartoon Network’s Adventure Time series.