Holidays and such. Happy new year! Looking forward to what the year might bring. Welcome to Planet Zapffe. We know how to laugh lightheartedly in the face of despair and we offer fun services to learn this ability.
Look, a university lecture on David Benatar’s material! Not by him sadly, but its pretty good none the less. Well worth your time to dwell on if we should contiuine the existence of human beings. To be or not to be? Debate.
Should The Human Species Pursue Its Own Extinction?
Gloomy December is upon us again. It always returns with its glittery updolled season. Things are slowly moving along up there on Planet Zapffe. Here is what’s going on.
Website banner The Planet Zapffe banner for the site has finally stroke upon us. Looks stunning. Idea and design by the Great™ Stein-C.
The Swamp Thing The artist previously and also currently known as Frode Munkhaugen has finished the creature the main character finds in the swamp in the story. Looks very good. Very creepy. Very something...
(Click on it for a bigger picture.)
Design in general Original design by Moebius This is more theory: We have kind of decided upon that the movie will go for a 1970s sci-fi feel to the movie designwise. The 70s and early 80s was quite a golden age for science fiction, both live action and in animation and comics, so its an exciting thing to attempt. People like Moebius, Dan McPharlin and others will probably be references. Guess we have to break down what this means.
The link and reference to the french sci-fi 70s- animation film Fantastic Planet(“a Planète sauvage”) will coincidentally be close to this project, as that one is cut-out as well. It even has “Planet” in the title. Okay..?
The Great Antinatalism ‘Hall Of Fame’ This is a humorous attempt of making an Antinatalism Hall Of Fame. Don’t take it too seriously. Its really just a tribute and a guide to the most important of the antinatalist thinkers.
With exclusive portraits by Stein-C.
We are adding more people to the Hall Of Fame as we go along, so we are aware there’s some important ones missing. They’re probably coming. So far its Jim Crawford, David Benatar, Inmendham, Arthur Schopenhauer and Thomas Ligotti.
These drawings might be also be on an upcoming antinatalist t-shirt project as well in 2013. The project is directed by Foreverwolffilms, and she has had contests already on her youtube channel. They’re over now unfortunantly.
Website ingeneral Its taking a while, but slowly different section of the website gets fleshed out with content. Its been a month where just studying, reading books, watching videos on youtube and so on has been on the calendar. The movie really deals with the ideas of antinatalism, thats its heart, so its important to not misrepresent it. Also.. The need for a place to read about the philosophy and a guide to Zapffe and antinatalism also seems like a right thing to put up. Its quite timeconsuming though. Its a lot of material.
New designer: Kirsten R. A friend of my sister, Kirsten R, will try to find the face of the maincharacter of the story. She once drew my sister. Looks almost completely like a photo. Kirsten is very talented. Check out here deviantart-page. A very warm welcome aboard the ship, Kirsten.
Upcoming? Next up besides finished the sections of the website and everything else is finishing the script and storyboard. Hopefully we’ll start to actually animate something after shortly after new year. About time.
Designers and Animators wanted! Help?
Also, we are requesting designers and animators that would like to help us with the project. Its turning into quite a beast to feed, so if you have a love for design, or know how to animate in After Effect and would like to give a hand, please take contact with us.
Lack of updates lately, but now there will be monthly updates with general progress. Its decided! Expect one at the start of every month. Here’s a November update.
Animatic of the film
NB! Not THE finished animatic, but a continous work in progress.. and will probably be a work in progess for quite a while. The ending has changed since, and a lot of essential dialogue is still not put in. Some of the design has changed too, but it does give an impression about the movie. This also involves original music in progress by Trygve Nielsen. Most of it is reference music still, and we also need some more real sounds.
(For those who don’t know what an animatic is, its kind of the movie based in pictures and sounds. Its a tool for timing and getting a feel how it will be like. It might be more usual for animation than live-action. Its useful for this kind of thing.)
Stein-Christian Fagerbakken did another antinatalist portrait! This time by the great horror author Thomas Ligotti. I am reading the book “Conspiracy Against The Human Race” at the moment, and its a very good book. Winter literature recommended for all fellow pessimists of the globe. Also, its even dedicated to Peter Wessel Zapffe. This one is non-fiction, usually he writes horror. I also recommend the article/interview by Gateavisa with him in the (currently) last number, can be read here. (In norwegian)
A strange device
Frode Munkhaugen has done some more design. Here is the a device used in the movie. Anybody who guesses what it is for?
The “A Gloomy Defense Of Zapffe”
Video about Zapffe! I recently made a youtube-video about Zapffe’s philsophy as a reply to an antinatalist discussion on youtube. Which got a lot of nice feedback. Its true that some of it could be more accurate about his ideas of reality.. (I call everything a distraction in it, while he really divided it into four groups. Isolation, Distraction, Anchoring, Sublimination. I’ll make another one more in depth about it.) I didn’t expect the video to get that attention at all though. The video still gives a general idea about the ideas of Zapffe, in my opinion. Zapffe didn’t want his ideas to seem too complicated though, so I suppose I simplified it. Watch the videohere.
Hopefully I will finally get more of the sections on the website updated soon.
Frode Munkhaugen finally finished the suits!
This is approx 95% of what it will look like at least.
You can see and read about the whole devolopments(earlier drafts, inspirations, etc) of the space suits here.
Frode is also looking for any paid work these days, mainly for illustration or animation. Check out his quite mental portfolio, and contact him there. He’s a fan of people like Moebius and H.R Giger. He often likes to mix the cute and the macabre in unusual and humorous ways, but can do a lot of stuff.
In other news! Musician..!
Trygve Nielsen, animator, fan of ferries, comicdrawer, but most interestingly perhaps in this context a MUSICIAN, will take a crack at making a chilling sci-fi soundtrack to the film. Perhaps. Hopefully at least. Trygve has made a lot of solid soundtracks to animationmovies before, so this is exciting news… with Trygve comes so many stories. Trygve once turned an abondoned kindergarten into a music studio, where he also lived for a while. He was also the one who tipped me about Zapffe when he was my consultant for this movie about antinatalism earlier.
I was at the Shortfilmfestival at Grimstad with him before the summer.. Which was a great time. I also learnt he seemingly is very pro-monarchy(for kings, queens and such) because he simply is a fan of the idea of a state pays a lot of money for silly, unnecessary and incredibly stupid things. Wow. I didn’t think there was a good argument for monarchy, but.. there is seemingly. I am impressed. Perhaps we need more stupid statefunded stuff, just for the absurdity of it? Think about it.
These are a collection of portraits by Stein-Christian Fagerbakken of some of (what is considered) the most central antinatalist thinkers. The philosopy promoting the view that humans should go extinct. Its made for a section of the webpage that will attempt to explain the philosophy in the quite near future.
(Update 5 November: Better scannings!)
(Old ones kept temporarily because they have links to other places..)
These people are in the order:
– Petter Wessel Zapffe (whom the movie is entitled after)
– Jim Crawford
– David Benatar (He’s drawn like that as nobody knows what he looks like.)
– Gary Mosher AKA Indmendham
– Arthur Schopenhauer.