Before we get to the main event, I am working on a short story which centers around the character, Stetson-the deer in my feature film script. I want to give people a good look into who he is, plus it’s a fun side project. “Buck” (the movie script) is being worked on periodically, it’s taking me a while to also get accustomed to the formatting style of a script.
As far as the main event goes, “Of Anthros and Humans” is NOT dead. I wrote two episodes a few months ago, and I will tell you that the third one will be out I hope soon (I HATE to make promises, because if I’m wrong-I feel like I’ve let you guys down.) It’s best to use the George .R.R. Martin line-it’ll be out when it’s out!
What I AM doing though is writing out a huge outline for the book, see when I wrote episodes 1 and 2, I only had a tiny bit of outline. So, before I write any more-I’m literally writing a bulletined list of all the events (plus updating the character sheet as the story grows.) Why? Well, I want to make sure all the events flow properly and connect. Plus, when I write the episodes, I can drop hints to future events, thereby making the story hopefully more interesting. I can drop hints to relationships and struggles the characters might have to face.
I LOVE these characters (I hope you do too!), and I want to give them the best possible story lines and the best possible endings, I don’t want to miss any opportunities. The world of Animalia isn’t as big as Middle Earth or Westeros, it is a fantasy story on a MUCH smaller scale. It’s how I envision it. It’s not meant to be a tome like most fantasy books, it’s really meant as a nod to one of my favorite genres, a fun and quick read.
What will be cool though is if I write other middle ages / fantasy stories, I can set them all in Animalia and not have to come up with a new world every time I want to write in that genre, so that will be super nice. Who knows? If I write enough, maybe I’ll print a volume of short stories to along with the main novel?
Getting ahead of myself, but anyway, I am happy with how “Of Anthros and Humans” is turning out. I think it’ll be a bit of “Game of Thrones” and a bit of “Dragonheart”, my two favorite fantasy stories combined, I mean-the dragon Vince is heavily inspired by Draco and the evil King Crixus is based around the evil kings, like Joffery Baratheon.
The snowy landscape of Winterfell really helped me write “The Hollow”, a town beyond Animalia and set in a snowy tundra and run by a large wolf pack (you wolf fans will love that section I think!) So yeah, that’s sort of where I’m getting my inspiration from-I’m sure “Lord of The Rings” is in there somewhere, but it’s not one of my biggest inspirations, though it DID get me into fantasy. So yeah, I am really pumped about this book and what you guys will think! I guess I should stop using the internet and get my butt moving!
PLOT: A naïve young scientist creates an organism that he hopes will change the world. Little does he know that the parasite he has created thrives on human flesh.
I am finally making my next short film that is not a crime drama or a furry film. It is a science fiction horror movie, much in the light of the work of David Cronenburg with a tad bit of Ridley Scott’s “Alien” and “Prometheus” films. See, I made my Alien Fan Film a year ago-and I am super proud of it, so much so that I decided to re-hash a bit of my own ideas and make up my own creature, who looks nothing like a xenomorph.
Mine was actually inspired by Prometheus, specifically the Hammerpede. That scene always stuck with me, so I wanted to do something similar to that, but with my own resources-I obviously couldn’t do a full fledged CGI alien, so using practical effects was my best option. So far, I’ve shot about three scenes, my cousin, Nick (who was in my short film “A Girl I Know” recently) will most likely be playing a role. You’ll see tons of other familiar faces, Katherine Martin, Joan Winterkorn, myself, my mom and dad-so yeah, it’s one of my ‘big’ films, which means a might be a tad longer than some of my others, who knows though? I’ve been posting screenshots of the scenes as I’ve been editing, so please follow my Twitter and Facebook to learn more!
Thank you for reading and I REALLY look forward to releasing this movie, perhaps in the next few weeks give or take, as said-this is a bigger project, so the relese date depends on time and actors. This will be my most gruesome film to date for sure, so I do warn you-if you’re squeamish, you may have a hard time watching it. hehe.
Happy Fursuit Friday! Enjoy ALL THREE LEONARD movies in an epic trilogy video! 🙂
(Screenplay Scene #1)
Walking up to the house, Stetson keeps his hand close to the silver pistol by his side. He walks through tall grass, his hummer a few feet behind him.
He finds himself almost near the front door, when he steps on something rubbery, he lifts his foot up and grabs the item he stepped on. Using his hand, it takes him a while to get all the mud and bits of dirt off, but he soon realizes that it is a red bracelet, one that he had seen before. He sighs and keeps hold of the item.
INT. BOBBY’S HOME/KITCHEN
Bobby sits at the dining room table wearing a white t-shirt and skinny jeans, completing some homework, a red backpack sits beside him, he places the papers into the bag, after he zips it up, he is interrupted by a knock on the front door. The teenager quickly answers.
INT. BOBBY’S HOME/LIVING ROOM
The room is a bit messy, a large TV stands in one corner, a leather couch sits in the middle of the room, to one side of the couch is a silver lamp which sits on a small table. Next to the front door, is an open closet with clothes hanging on hangers.
Opening the door, Bobby smirks kindly at the six-foot-tall deer.
Can I help you?
He hands the red rubber band to him, Bobby looks baffled as he analyzes it.
I’m sorry sir, I don’t understand.
That belonged to my daughter Daisey, who has been dead for a year. No leads have come up, so it’s a bit odd that this was found right by your house. Care to explain?
Oh my God.
The human takes a deep sigh, he feels his stomach tighten as he looks at his feet. He coughs gently, the teen then races into the living room, slamming the door in Stetson’s face.
GET BACK HERE!
INT. BOBBY’S HOME/CLOSET
Bobby slams the closet door, he sits in pure terror, breathing heavily. He begins sweating.
INT. BOBBY’S HOME/LIVING ROOM
Stetson slams himself into the front door causing it to break, he holds a silver pistol with two hands, ready to shoot anything that moves. He slows his breathing down as he walks across the living room, his ears perked, his boots squeak as he sniffs the air.
Kid, come on out. I won’t hurt you unless you hurt me. I need to get some things straight and running will not help you or me.
He holds the gun to his side and makes his way to the closet, forcing it open to reveal a terrified Bobby, his face is red and his body shakes with uncontrollable fear, Bobby throws himself at deer, hitting him in the chest and face. He has a bit of trouble since Stetson outmatches him by a long shot in height and muscle tone. Stetson holds both Bobby’s arms in a vice like grip as he continues to breathe heavily.
(Yelling, his voice cracks)
It wasn’t my fault! I SWEAR! DON’T HURT ME! GO AWAY! GET THE HELL OUT OF HERE!
Stetson trips the human using one leg, causing him to fall face first into the rug below, one side of his face is exposed. Using his upper body and arms, the deer pins Bobby to the floor and forces both of his arms behind his back and kneels on top of him, like an officer getting ready to arrest someone, Bobby continues to squirm.
YOU’RE HURTING ME! OW! OW!
I’m going to ask you some questions, and under no circumstance will I hurt you further, unless you refuse to corporate-I can be a lot nastier. Do you understand?
Stetson holds his position on the shivering human.
You ever hunt before?
I’ve been on hunting trips, but never even held a gun.
I’m too scared.
Who do you go hunting with?
A guy named Marco.
Do you like hunting with him?
No sir. I hate it.
Why do you go?
I don’t know, acceptance? Marco treats me nicely and I don’t have any friends in school.
Stetson moves his positon with a heavy sigh, he now sits upon the human’s back almost in a relaxed manner, Bobby yelps in pain. The buck exchanges a glance with the human, who he now can see much better.
Sorry, feet falling asleep. You ever see him shoot an anthro?
Yes sir. Only one. Some fawn named Daisey. That’s all I know. I didn’t like him shooting her. I thought it was wrong.
The deer says nothing for a moment, he sniffles a bit as he looks straight ahead.
Why didn’t you say something?
Marco kinda scared me. I wasn’t going to go against his wishes. I was afraid that maybe he’d turn the gun on me.
What was she doing when he shot her?
Picking flowers, I think. It happened a while ago.
A lump formed in the deer’s throat.
(Soft and depressed)
I never wanted her to die. I swear. I had so many nightmares after seeing her die. I couldn’t sleep for weeks. Please sir, can I get up?
Without really thinking, Stetson stands up and goes to the kitchen, Bobby ever so slowly makes his way up, clearly still terrified and shaking.
INT. BOBBY’S HOME/KITCHEN
Opening the fridge, Stetson tosses Bobby a bottled water, Stetson leans against a wall as Bobby fails to make eye contact with the buck. Bobby is pale, his movements slow and his hands rattle in fear.
You’re here to kill me, aren’t you?
Stetson crosses his arms.
Depends. You promise not to go on hunting trips? You promise to find some other hobby? Make some new friends?
Yes. What I supported was wrong, and I never want to see Marco again.
You got your whole life ahead of you, kid. I’m not taking you away from your parents who probably love you and want you to be the best you can be. Bye.
After the front door closes, Bobby begins to weep.
Stetson Art by: Kimberly Mattia
40 min of the elliptical with Cerebral palsy on one side daily is crazy, something I never thought I could do. Hope I leave you with inspiration, I hope to make people realize it’s never to late to try new and healthy lifestyle choices. I know people feel down and out (heck, anxiety gets a hold of me and that’s exactly what happens)
I decided one night to use my living room equipment and try to change my body. It’s only been a week, and granted I did skip one day to let my body heal, I typically hate work out posts on Social media, but I’m hopefully using it to tell my followers that you should pursue to be the person you want to be, I wanted a healthier body and was sick of using my ‘mild cerebral palsy’ as an excuse for too long. I was embarrassed to tell my doc ‘no, I don’t work out.’
The question is, will I keep it up? Well, besides maybe skipping a day (or more if I’m on on a trip and have no access to a gym or a walking path) I do truly hope to get some form of work out everyday, whether it be a jog or my personal fav, the elliptical.
I hope people apply that logic to whatever their dreams are (art, teaching, film, writing etc) Do a little bit everyday-that is my best advice! Try not to slip up and skip weeks without trying to reach your goal. Love you all!