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RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT
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Comic Inspiration
Uno Moralez
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Al Columbia
Comic Inspiration
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Film Inspiration

Intruders: Research & Development

Discovery

How it all started?

Burns, Charles. The Best American Comics 2009. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2009. Print.

This book was the source of my inspiration and catalyst to the entire project. Inside I discovered works of many great artists but one in particular stood out, Al Columbia’s 5:45 A.M. from the Mome anthology collection. His short comic seemed very cinematic to me. What is key to note, is that at the time, I was seeking to do a short film at a modest budget. I was interested in creating something relatively simple. By simple – I mean something that would not require a large production but instead a small crew, a simple location, and minor art direction. The appeal was all there but it would be a matter of time and means before we could get started. I kept this particular comic in mind for about a year before finally committing to it.

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5:45 A.M.

Comic by Al Columbia

5:45 A.M. is a very short comic of 8 panels. From the first panel to the last, it indulges the reader in an austere atmosphere with a fine use of a minimal color palette. The comic is all about ambiance, relaying heavily on mise-en-scène – aspects favored and easily adaptable to cinema. 

What is key to note, is that early on the comic went through quite the transformation during scripting. The most significant alteration to the original concept was the integration of a small boy wondering aimlessly about the house – ghost like. Also, I added two young teens vandalizing the house from the outside. This helped create additional textures and layers of mystery to the story. It also served later in uniting the separate film chapters together.  

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Comic by Uno Moralez

This comic speaks for itself. It is a nightmare. See it here!

I was instantly attracted to it because of how it evoked such a deep emotion in me. I was instantly able to recognize this nightmare. It was dark and entertaining – bitmaps at their finest. The stylish aesthetic adds to its surreal nature, making it even more haunting then ever! Uno Moralez cuts to the core of what is uneasy and plain creepy. I strongly urge you to see the rest of his works online. He is a master at making the disturbing – delightful. 

Thanks to Reddit (a social networking site) I was able to find this great work.

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