On Christmas Eve, a small UFO struggling find his place in the universe follows his two mischievous friend’s down to earth, whilst trying to impress and gain their acceptance he inadvertently changes Christmas forever.
‘Invaders‘ takes the Christmas classic to a place it’s never been before. Somewhere in between Star Wars and Home Alone, this wonderful film by Daniel Prince is about to inadvertently change Christmas forever.
I really wanted “Invaders” to have a nostalgic nod to the first films that interested and excited me about films, so the feel and look was influenced by early Amblin and other 80’s classics. Hoping the outcome would be something my 10 year old self would want to watch, but at the same time to appeal across a broad range of ages.
Rather remarkable in its composition and visual effects, Daniel mostly used an Arri Alexa Mini with Cooke Primes, and softwares like Maya and Nuke for all the 3D work. Ultimately it’s the charming little story that brings the wonder out of this film, but it’s certainly driven by the fantastic characters portrayed from these voiceless UFOs.
Plastic surgeries on the brain are a new trend of the rich. A certain permanent alteration breaks the blockage between conscious and unconscious minds thus allowing a person access to full capacity of the brain. Maria Morales is one of the lucky ones to go through this procedure. But no one knows what lies in their unconsciousness.
In the near future, a man enters a coffee shop. He asks for his usual: a private booth hidden from everyone’s sight. He waits anxiously for someone… but what is really happening here? An unsettling science-fiction tale about augmented reality.
The germ of the idea for the short film was: What would my own Black Mirror episode look like?
From that starting point , I wanted to make a short film that explored the escalating relationship we have with technology.
I focused on a human behaviour we have when relationships ends (either by romantic breakup, falling out or death). At the end of a relationship the person is gone, but the connection lives on with the memories we create together like pictures, letters, text messages or emails. We still hold on to these things and in some ways it can be detrimental to us because we fail to move on.
So what if we lived in a world where we could comfort our sense of loss? Not just rewatching old pictures, but reliving our old memories? A world where people could avoid dealing with loss by reliving the best highlight of our relationships.
Choosing to live in a manufactured reality and slowly disconnecting from the real one.