Way back in the mists of time, in the dark and gloomy days of March 2011, I foolishly went and had an idea. I then expanded upon this foolishness by not keeping quiet about aforementioned idea. People got excited, perhaps irrationally so and it fell to me to birth this idea into the world; to drag it kicking and screaming from the fevered recesses of my mind. Agreeing to this was the shit cherry on a cake made entirely of shit and iced with a thick, viscous layer of finest shit. I am utterly incapable of organising myself much less anyone else. I had no idea what I was doing and seemed a little unwilling to let anyone else really help. The cocktail of my ineptitude and a liberal showering of other events meant that the idea and the project died shortly after it began. But some things refuse to stay dead. Some things rise from their graves or smash their way out of their tombs and shuffle, scream or soar their way back into the world. This was one such thing.
The Prisoners’ Dilemma is the short film that resulted from this particular case of cerebral necromancy. It is loosely based on the original idea I had all those years ago. One which I entitled “The Box.” It’s the third film which Black Stumps Films has produced in conjunction with the Nottingham University Science Fiction, Fantasy and Animé Society (Or SFFAS, which sounds a bit like a deflating balloon.) My concept was taken, fleshed out, expanded upon and perhaps most importantly of all, actually written.
Since I now reside in more distant parts my involvement was largely peripheral, though I did get to spend some time on set having a bit of a nose about and trying to stay out of the way. Despite this, it is nice to finally see the idea come to fruition.
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