In 2013 a stop motion animated short film about a man named Bob, attacked by a bio-mechanical parasite, fighting for his life and family against forces much greater than himself was released. It quickly received a lot of praise from critics and fans alike. That movie, OPERATOR, was not only featured on the front page of REDDIT but was also called “The creepiest film of 2013”.
And now artist and director Sam Barnett is continuing the story with an OPERATOR web series. And it’s something you should definitely be checking out. Below you will find all the information about this awesome series along with a video that you’ll love. Enjoy!
In the original Operator the InfoCorp Corporation enslaves all of its workers with a biomechanical parasite. The web series picks up where the short left off, following workers that escape the initial infection as they fight back against the company. Chaos grows as upper lever employees turn against the company, the mastermind of the biomechanical parasites seeks to take complete control of the company, and everyone deals with the fallout of the Rhizomect System.
OPERATOR Won Best Animation 2013 at the Idaho Horror Film Festival
It premiered at Screamfest Los Angeles 2013
OPERATOR was a Vimeo Staff Pick
It won BEST ANIMATION at the 2013 Idaho Horror Film Festival
It won BEST ANIMATION at the 2014 New Filmmakers Los Angeles
What inspired you to make Operator?
I was inspired to make Operator by a few things: parasites like the cordyceps mushroom, which controls the brains of ants so it can use their bodies as food while it spreads its spores as far as possible. Also, what I like to call “parasitic ideas.” Our minds are made up of ideas that come from all over the place. And somehow once we accept an idea it feels like its part of who we are, even if that idea ends up being terrible for us.
The point is that we grow up with this idea that there is a clear barrier between ourselves and everything else. Operator is a story about a world in which that barrier is ripped to pieces and the boundary between what is and is not us becomes very unclear. It is told from the perspective of characters that have very little power, struggling against a massive corporation that is trying to destroy them.
Why Stop Motion?
In stop-motion, everything is very specific. Anything you animate is a real object that is not only full of imperfections, but a history of the things it has been through. It is very hard to create this feeling of history in 3-D. (although 3D is getting better all the time, and I am excited about its possibilities). There is also something incredible about animating in a linear way. In stop motion the shot is completed from start to finish. In computer animation you make a version and then work and rework and rework each moment. Somebody comes in later and adds texture, someone else lights the scene, another person still moves the digital camera. It’s much less organic. If I did 3D I would I think I would collapse into a rabbit hole of infinite revisions.
Sam Barnett was born in Colorado Springs, CO. He was homeschooled until 7
th grade. He moved into a trailer in the middle of nowhere in Colorado at 18 before moving to NYC at 19 then settled in California where he started college. He was valedictorian at Berkeley City College in 2010 and was a recipient of Jack Kent Cooke Transfer Scholarship which allowed him to complete his undergrad degree in film production at USC. He now works as a director, animator and VFX artist in Los Angeles.
OPERATOR is almost fifty percent funded on their OFFICIAL KICKSTARTER PAGE and the amazing perks you can get by donating are INSANELY AWESOME! But don’t take my word for it. Take a look for yourself and have a peek below for the first episode of the web series.
So please consider donating and helping OPERATOR get funded. It’s a project of love and something you don’t see everyday. Originality is alive and well in horror and OPERATOR proves it. Also be sure to show some love to the OPERATOR FACEBOOK PAGE to keep up to date.
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