A quick look behind the lens of my sci-fi short film parody
I have been enthralled by the marriage of science and the supernatural in the much beloved sci-fi show The X-Files. I created this short parody for the additional purpose of marrying the rational with the absurd. I think that is what good comedy is all about — using hyperbole and irony to expose the absurdity of so much of what passes for normal. I think the paranormal is really about demonstrating that what is normal is actually eccentric, and that what seems outrageous is actually reality.
Such is life…
After shooting the raw footage, it was not two weeks later that I suffered a house fire. (Dan, my roommate at the time, plays “Artie.”) The fire had threatened the very existence of the footage on an external hard drive. I found the drive buried in rubble afterwards. With the aid of science and prayer, the files on the drive (miscellaneous and otherwise) were fully recovered, and I continued to finish the film over the ensuing months.
With the help of some pretty awesome friends (including those featured in the film), I got back on my feet in my non-fictional life. Editing this short was therapeutic. It was a lot of fun working with a musician friend, Brian A. Emmons, to score it, and he captured the essence of the real X-Files theme without duplicating it exactly, something which copyright lawyers everywhere can rest easy about.