My friend Gemma advises me to create a video in order to design the game characters and figure out how the game should go so I did it. The video is done and i would love to show it to all of you guys but it all of a sudden got in the 2008 Sundance Film Festival so unfortunately I cannot show you now due to the contract. Please wait a bit.
Gas Zappers is a short animation about climate change. The main character, the ironically overappropriated and fuzzy polar bear, abruptly finds itself in a position to save its home living environment through dextrous maneuvers in an Al-e Gore-ical world. The idiom of the video game is exploited to challenge and illuminate the simplistic notion of quick fixes to environmental issues. Aesthetically, graphical and musical styles from the glory days of video games conjure the triumph and delight of virtual success.
As the bear progresses with celebrity companions through different climate change scenarios such as Venice underwater, confrontations with bulldozers, and anthropomorphized killer oil derricks, it narrowly succeeds each time thanks to its renewable energy defenses. A narrative unfolds that, like the artists’ previous works, waggishly interrogates the spectacular mode of ecological policy.
2008 Sundance Film Festival, Park City, U.S.A.
TITLE: Gas Zappers
RUNNING TIME: 00:05:45
ASPECT RATIO: 16:9
SOUND: Stereo Dual Channel
CREATED WITH: Adobe After Effects 7.0
EXHIBITION FORMAT: Sony HDCAM 1080i/59.94i and HD-DVD
RELEASE DATE: December 2007
ORIGINAL LANGUAGE: English