Eric Harrelson

Blockbuster Antidote: UPGRADE Gives Us Exactly What We Need

Blockbuster Antidote: UPGRADE Gives Us Exactly What We Need

Genuinely fun and joyous, UPGRADE indulges in the inherent silliness of its premise, never takes itself too seriously, while also taking the audience through a complex and well-constructed journey of intrigue and mystery.

MORTAL KOMBAT!

MORTAL KOMBAT!

Video games can be a place for clever and poignant storytelling that is on par with existentialist films of Kubrick or Tarkovsky.  But this?  This is not one of those places.  This is MORTAL KOMBAT!

When Words Won't Do

When Words Won't Do

So what is there to say about A QUIET PLACE?  It feels somehow wrong to use words to describe a film that is so devoid of them itself.  

A Bitcoin is a Flat Circle

A Bitcoin is a Flat Circle

Time travel stories allow us to imagine a way around the linear progression of time. The ability to choose differently is something so appealing yet so impossible, that we go over and over those possibilities in our fiction.  Who wouldn’t want to invest in that stock, or skip those last few beers, or go to those piano lessons, or tell that person how you felt? 

The Intertwined Web of Religious Cults and Satanic Panic in American Pop Culture

The Intertwined Web of Religious Cults and Satanic Panic in American Pop Culture

Cults and the Occult have always been a fixture in horror stories.  Lovecraft, ROSEMARY’S BABY,  the Satanic Panic of the 1980’s and on into today, these kinds of stories keep popping up, not only in our fiction, but they bleed into our real lives.

The Writing of TIME LAPSE, or how to get your super complicated time-travel script from page to screen

The Writing of TIME LAPSE, or how to get your super complicated time-travel script from page to screen

OWA Screenwriting Director Eric Harrelson interviews BP Cooper, who co-wrote our very first Centerpiece Feature back in 2014: TIME LAPSE.  Learn how BP & team managed to keep such a crazy plot straight, plus behind-the-scenes footage and a PDF link to the script!!

Mouthless Screams

Mouthless Screams

The code was written.  The flash drive was inserted, and all she needed to do was click “paste.”  There would be no going back after.  AM would be more alive than any computer had ever been.  She would be responsible for the salvation of mankind.

Netflix's CASTLEVANIA Unlocks the Impossible Achievement

Netflix's CASTLEVANIA Unlocks the Impossible Achievement

CASTLEVANIA on Netflix has managed to accomplish something that is as rare as a well-written character in a Stephanie Myers book: it’s taken a video game property and made a great piece of television. 

They Can't Get Out

They Can't Get Out

As I got closer, I noticed he looked pretty rough. Greasy hair, dirty sweat-stained shirt, muddy work boots.  His face was gaunt and ashen.  His eyes were sunken but wild, like he hadn’t slept in days.  

“What can’t get out?”

He said nothing, just put down the hose, walked up to his door and held it open.

Slipcase-Worthy Comics of Our Era

Slipcase-Worthy Comics of Our Era

I can hear you in my head shouting “SHUT UP OLD MAN AND WHAT THE HELL IS A COMIC BOOK?” Right. Comic books are movies on paper. Here are some good ones.

Getting More Out of the Star Wars Universe

Getting More Out of the Star Wars Universe

At some point, people are going to get bored of the same old characters, the same old dynamics, and stop going.  But: the universe of STAR WARS is vast, deep and largely unexplored.   I hope the success of ROGUE ONE will soften Disney’s view of what can work as a STAR WARS property and allow for new and exciting stories to be told in that galaxy so long ago and so far, far away.

Kelsey's Trapped by a Mean A.I.

Kelsey's Trapped by a Mean A.I.

The Kelseios is equipped with a very sophisticated AI personality, which not only controls ship’s operations, but also three automatons that are responsible for the tedious and sometimes more dangerous tasks the crew cannot or will not perform.  There is the possibility that this AI has malfunctioned.

Creating something new from the old: How Stranger Things shines in a world of remakes and sequels

Creating something new from the old:  How Stranger Things shines in a world of remakes and sequels

We're entering a new era of streamed content, and if STRANGER THINGS is any representation, I am looking forward to what comes next.

Searching for Answers in Space

Searching for Answers in Space

As our scientific knowledge expands, we as humans will continue our efforts to find order and meaning in a chaotic and unpredictable universe.  Our stories have always reflected our desire to explain the world around us and make sense of things that are inexplicable.  

© 2014 OWA SciFi Film Fest, LLC