Deep underground, a second-rate scientist mans a discarded research facility struggling to cope with extreme boredom, a desperate voiceless companion and a mystery he’d really rather not have to solve…
Eddie is the first look at the fictional world of ‘Overhead’, created by Eddie co-writer Jon Williams-Nobbs. Jon and I have been developing a feature film about the hapless employees of a sci-fi mega-corporation and Eddie as a smaller scale way of introducing that world to audiences and investors.
Of course, nowadays it seems like every short is a just proof-of-concept for something bigger, but we created Eddie to work as a standalone story. We’ll be expanding the Overhead world with artwork and original fiction on our facebook page.
Eddie is a story of inevitability, isolation, and typically British avoidance of confrontation. Unlike a lot of today’s sci-fi, our retro-sci-fi doesn’t revolve around cgi or post-production VFX. From its inception, our dysfunctional sci-fi vision was less “guns blazing” and more “put the kettle on and pretend nothing is happening”.
We also wanted to play with the preconceived tropes of sci-fi and horror. That’s why the film’s tragedy is laced with a pinch of absurd, dark humour. We’re certain that most film fans will be able to see where the film is headed, but looking deeper they should see that film isn’t about plot twists but instead a musing on the blurred relationship between experimenter and guinea pig, of the nature of isolation and the cyclical futility of trying to escape it.