OPERATOR is a stop-motion animated short film about a man named Bob, who is attacked by a bio-mechanical parasite, and has to fight for his life and family against forces much greater than himself.
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I was inspired by a few things to make this film.
First, "cordyceps mushrooms," which infect and control the minds of ants, causes 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.
Second, I was inspired by "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. Sprawling bureaucracies in massive organizations can have so many moving parts and conflicting interests that no human maintains real control.
Directed By Sam Barnett
Voice By Alejandra Bursik-Cervantes
Horrible Imaginings San Diego 2013