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Parasites, Control and Corporations in the Animated Web Series ‘Operator’

Parasites, Control and Corporations in the Animated Web Series 'Operator'

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Logline: A Sci-Fi Horror stop motion web series about a corporation which unleashes a plague of bio-mechanical parasites to enslave its workers.

Elevator Pitch: 
The major question that is raised throughout the series is: who or what is really in control? Is the scientist that created the brain controlling parasites, and operates through a series of surrogates (think “Arrested Development” but much less innocent) pulling the strings? Or is he gone? Is the company the pawn of a repressive government or vice versa? Has everyone involved, driven by the inertia of the machine, stumbled into a hellscape of a singularity? Caught in the middle is Carl, who is just trying to save himself and his loved ones from the company they all work for. 

Production Team:
Director: Sam Barnett
Director of the original Operator short, which has over 650,000 views (was a Vimeo Staff Pick, made it to the front page of reddit, and was feature on i09, FastCompany and others).
Producer: Christine Cangelosi

About the Film:
I was inspired to make this film by a few things, cordyceps mushrooms which infect and control the minds of ants, causing them to climb up as high as possible so that when the mushroom finally bursts from the ants head the spores are spread as far as possible by the wind. Secondly, “parasitic ideas” – such as ideologies designed by cults or oppressive regimes explicitly to weaken and control the holders of such beliefs, and the callous mechanization of corporate bureaucracy. Supermassive organizations can have so many moving parts and conflicting interests that no human maintains real control.

Current Status: The original short was released to viral success and critical acclaim. We are currently running a Kickstarter to turn it into a web series.

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