Sunday, February 27, 2005

The Krangor Diaries

(Editor’s Note: Since the summer of 2001, Mark Slutsky has been obsessed with Krangor: Legend of the Galaxy, his proposed big-budget, effects-heavy sci-fi extravaganza about a pair of spaceships who wed at the centre of the galaxy. Obviously a production of this nature requires considerable time and resources, and Slutsky’s continuing struggle to realize this dream project has been the focus of The Krangor Diaries, special to Screen Test.)

October 14, 2004 Dear Diary: It has been two long years since I set down my quill and put aside my much laboured-on Krangor script. There just didn’t seem to be any point; the production was just too expensive for a small Montreal studio of practically zero means. But how things change. With the success of Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow, I have realized this, Diary: we have the technology to produce Krangor on a reasonable budget! I do have misgivings, though. Sky Captain dude worked in his basement for like 10 years to make that thing. And he had to write his own software. Perhaps I can borrow it.
November 3, 2004 Diary, I am disgusted. Not only by the re-election of the vile George W. Bush, but by the success of so many ballot initiatives in the U.S. intended to pre-emptively ban gay marriage. Thus Krangor has found new life as a political parable. The two ships, formerly Zarodny 14-A and Nelbor 36, are now to be named Steve and Tony.
November 4, 2004 Is Steve a weird name for a spaceship?
November 5, 2004 Steve now Zarodny 14-A again.
November 7, 2004 Tony now Nelbor 36 again.
November 13, 2004 Crisis of conscience. Ships now gay again.

Watch this space for further entries in the hilarious Krangor Diaries!


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