Victorian Cut-Out Theatre Episode 4: The Hourglass Threshold

I work on several VCT scripts at a time and often don't know which one I will do next until about two weeks before deadline. It was a toss up between this one and another one about a funeral called The Final Word. Threshold won out, simply because I like the narrative idea of time travel and I wanted to try some things that were stylistically different than previous Cut-Out Theatres.

The Hourglass Threshold is slightly different from it's predecessors in that, for the most part, the punch-line is the whole joke, This is unlike The Wild Huntin which the entire lead-up was the joke and the punch-line was a bit of an absurdist cop out...or so I've been told. I hope it works, comedy can be a bit of a science in and of itself and I appreciate you indulging me in my experiments.

A few interesting things:

I am a part of an art group that meets once a month to show off work to other artists in often (for me at least) different disciplines. I'm getting a mix of positive and puzzled feedback from the group concerning the animations. I don't think they've quite caught on to my black and somewhat absurd sense of humor. They will soon though, I have no doubt.

The title "The Hourglass Threshold" was meant to echo a Victorian book title, but I thought it sounded more like a 60s or 70s sci-fi novella. Something that a Harlan Ellison wannabe might come up with. Oh well. I still like it.

I am immensely pleased with the time-travel transition animation. I think it turned out well and was a fine mix of Quantum Leap and H.G. Wells. I was also pleased that my use of Kirby Dots worked out. (I LOVE Kirby Dots).

I have to thank my friend Steve for being my sounding board. I really appreciate it.

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-Rob Out.