City of Rott: Otherworld Update

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City of Rott: Otherworld Update October 18, 2017

City of Rott Otherworld is still in development, though my available spare free time with art projects and work has diminished, so your patience is much appreciated. I hope to have a new trailer available by the end of 2017 if possible, but I’ll see how much I progress with in the next month or two.

This project is being made entirely just for the fun of it with zero funding, and there are times that it’s not always fun. Life itself can be a major distraction too. During challenging times, it takes a firm focus to sit down and push ahead with the next scene to advance things. It requires a lot of work to complete each feature length movie in all aspects on your own, and a major commitment since it takes up so much of life and my free time. In that sense, City of Rott Otherworld might be my final full length movie for a long while anyway. There are times it’s fun thankfully, and that is probably what keeps me working on it in the long term since I began work on it in 2015. I notice the less lip syncing I have to do, the more fun it is to work on. 😉 Dialog is important for the characters, so I will keep only the important dialog in there, to progress the story and cut out the unnecessary words. That makes the project easier to tackle.

Though I lip synced for the South Park Movie in 1998, 1999 for Paramount Studios, even back then it wasn’t much fun, since you’re just timing mouths to sounds and then scrubbing back to see how it matches. Not all that exciting, but it is satisfying when you see the mouths match the words spoken in terms of timing. As a general lip sync tip, I find it’s better to start a new mouth a split second earlier than later in many cases. If mouths appear after a sound is spoken instead of at the same time or slightly before, then it’ll seem like the lip sync is off and delayed. That’s why it’s better to have the mouth either on time or slightly before than delayed afterwards.

As far as the film, it’s probably about 60% complete, but I will still have to go back in and add sound effects and the final music score, while adjusting the volumes for the spoken dialog. For the sake of getting the project film completed, I may be aiming for a 50 minute runtime instead of padding it out unnecessarily at 90 minutes. I’ll see how much I can complete within the next month or so before my free time disappears in large part. Thanks again for being a fan and for your patience as the film progresses. No release date is set at this time, depending on how things go with it.

 

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Creating an Original Music Track (Aggressive Electronx by FSudol)

Creating an Original Music Track (Aggressive Electronx by FSudol). This video demonstrates a sample of how I create each song, through step recording. This is created on Garageband. As far as my next AE album, it’s getting there, though I would like to incorporate some songs from it into my animated feature film, City of Rott: Otherworld, which is in development, so that may delay things in that regard. Thanks for being a fan.  -FSudol

Why do I draw what I draw?

Unless noted in the cartoon, I do everything on my own, including the illustrations, animations, voice acting, sound effects, original music, editing, directing and more, as a One Man Production under BlackArro Productions and FSudol Art.

I grew up watching horror movies as a kid, so it influenced my art quite a bit. But also just observing Nature itself influenced my cartoons. How a tiny baby animal is born, and then seeing a larger cat pounce in, kill and devour it. Very merciless world we live in, and my cartoons express some of that horror, but in a lighter, cartoony, and somewhat humorous way. They are not meant to be taken too seriously in that sense, but merely be a reflection of Nature, and horror films. Another big influence was Don Bluth’s Dragon’s Lair, as Dirk wandered through the Haunted Castle for Daphne, slicing and dicing apart goblins, ghosts, bats, monsters, and more. I’ll never forget the impact that game had on my imagination. My cartoon series, the Chicken Chopshop is a reflection of that theme.

I’m a Self-Taught Artist with a focus on cartooning and illustration. I do freelance art work, and have a regular job, but when I have extra spare time, I can often be found spending it creating cartoons, animations and films.

In 1998 to 1999, worked On the South Park Movie as an additional animator (lip sync artist) and assistant technical director (scene set ups/adjustments) for 1 year. (Look for the name Frank Sudol in end credits twice).

As a general notice, my horror cartoons are intended for older audiences (Much like Family Guy or other cartoons made for grown ups) due to cartoon blood and gore, and some language. If you’re a fan of my art, thank you! If you’re not a fan, that’s okay too, as no one can please everyone, and they don’t have to. 😉

YOUR ARTISTIC GOALS IN LIFE:
And just as important, if you have an ambition in life, pursue it against all odds. You are capable of achieving many things if you put your mind and energy 100% into it. Better to reach the end of your life and look back, knowing you gave it every thing you had, win or lose, than to regret what could’ve been. Life is short, make your dreams happen while you still can, but enjoy the journey while you’re at it, most importantly.  Because life is a journey. And remember, nothing really happens till you take ACTION. Take that one small step to move things forward. And if the project stalls, find another small step you can take to keep it going, even when you may not feel like it or be distracted by life. Even a half hour per day is enough to keep the ball rolling if you lose your motivation at some point.
If things go wrong and the frustration and disappointment rise, remember my favorite saying, “It’s not what happens, it’s what you do that matters.” Set backs, roadblocks and failed plans in life are normal, so rather than get depressed or angry about it, find a way around it or through it if possible, or adjust as needed, but don’t give up.

Remember that being depressed or feeling sorry for oneself gets you nowhere in life. It holds you back and prevents progress. If you still feel sad about the set backs, write down your thoughts over time, towards a positive plan to solve your challenges. If you’re afraid of something, fear is most times a choice, dependent on how we choose to view the situation. You can choose confidence, not fear, and be better for it. Ask yourself, what good has fear ever done to help you reach your goals? Look on the positive side of things whenever possible while acknowledging the negative. Both negative and positive always exist, it just depends where you put your energy and focus, dependent on your goals. Believe in your art and your goal, and make it happen!

Major Art Benchmarks by F.Sudol include:

-1990 GamePro Magazine Contest: 1st Place “Create your Own Video Game”, winning selection featured in Magazine “Insect Invasion”, an RPG game with fully detailed illustrations and features of the game. $100 prize. It’s the issue with a Phantasy Star 2 face on the front Cover of the national magazine (now extinct).

-1991 Draw Your Dad Jamesway Contest. 1st place, $10,000 Savings Bond. Jamesway was a department store chain similar to Kmart and Ames, and Jamesway disappeared by the late 90’s. This contest was for all ages. The goal was to draw your father for Father’s Day and what he does in his spare time. I decided to draw my Dad, catching air on his riding lawn mower, dunking a basketball, painting, playing baseball, using tools and lots of other things he did in his spare time. I believe it won first place because all of the things in the picture could be bought at Jamesway. But I am happy with the way the drawing turned out too. It was a shock to win, but I was very happy. It also included a wrist watch, which I’ve since lost, but I still have the text “Congratulations” poster that was shown in my old Jamesway store.

-1993 – State Fair Art Gallery Show – 1st place Blue Ribbon for my cartoon “Planting for New Life”, which featured a farmer and his horse, planting seeds in a field where all of the trees were cut down. It used a cut out style, where I cut out the characters and taped them for a 3D pop out effect against the hand drawn background.

-1996, 1997 First place in two Art Gallery Scholarships in College. $1500.

-1998, 1999 Work as a South Park Additional Animator and Assistant Technical Director (as listed in end credits for Frank Sudol) for the major motion picture South Park: Bigger Longer and Uncut. Met Matt Stone and Trey Parker as they were at the production location fairly often. Look for the character wearing all black in the front row of the Canadian Crowd during the Uncle Song by Terrance and Phillip. Animated those bouncing heads and many shots of Kyle, Kenny, Stan and Cartman among other characters throughout the movie, along with the team.

-2003 to 2005 Production and completion of 5 episodes of the animated series, “The Chicken ChopShop”.

-2005 Featured Animation selected for the Major San Diego Comic Con Convention Center in California. Presented to an audience, a showing of a 22 minute Chicken ChopShop episode (episode 5). Met many show stars at the event including Ken Foree (got his autograph of Dawn of the Dead from Romero), Erin Gray (of Buck Rogers), Bruce Campbell (of the Evil Dead films), Ray Park (Darth Maul from Star Wars), Kenny Baker (R2D2 of Star Wars), Kate Beckinsale (of the Underworld movies), Karl Urban (of Doom and Dredd), The Rock Dwayne Johnson (who was supporting Doom at the event, the movie), Kevin Eastman (co creator of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, he was promoting his booth with his books and illustrations), Seth Green (of Robot Chicken and the show Dads that is canceled), Sid Haig (of Devil’s Rejects and Buck Rogers, etc) and quite a few more, including Kauffman from Troma Films.

-2006 Release of one of the first, fully dedicated animated Zombie Feature Films with a runtime of 77 minutes, “City of Rott” was distributed on the Unearthed Films label of Steve Biro and Paul White. The film was featured in Movie Gallery and Hollywood Video walk in stores back when there were rental video stores before many of them closed down once Netflix took over. City of Rott met with plenty of positive critic reviews and fan support, though it also has its share of critics, understandably, for its simple story line. BlackArro Productions banner. The film was heavily influenced by the late, great George A. Romero, the King of Zombie films.

-2008 Release of “Dead Fury”. This film, partially thanks to it’s obscure title, went under the radar of many. It was an homage to the Evil Dead films and the Hills Have Eyes, and was released through Unearthed Films on DVD in the US and Germany.

-2010 Release of “Shock Invasion”. A sci fi action animated feature. Shock Invasion was a much more refined and well told film compared to the prior releases under the BlackArro Productions banner. Limited release.

-2012 Release of “Gnome in the Haunted Castle 3D”. A smaller film, it was 42 minutes and was the first film done in Computer Animation, with a 2D and Stereo 3D version on the same DVD disc.

-2014 Release of “City of Rott 2”. An 85 minute feature follow up to the successful City of Rott, and continues the story this time with Harry Figiero, an old man and brother of the prior film’s star, Fred.

-2014 Release of FSudol Art Games first project, “Tomb of Twelve”. An adventure platformer game spanning a large open landscape with a day/night cycle. It follows the story of an old homeless man seeking a better life by finding treasure, so he can once and for all abandon the cardboard box he calls home. PC, Mac, Linux.

-2014 Release of 4 full length LP albums of Heavy Electronica music from the mind of F.Sudol under Aggressive Electronx.

-2015. Aggressive Electronx’ 5th album with 15 tracks, 59 minutes of all original music by FSudol. Programming, sounds, music and artwork by FSudol.

Also in 2015, the introduction of Tales of the Dim. The series continues through 2016 and possibly more… It was heavily inspired by Tales from the Darkside, by George A. Romero.

Tales of the Dim episode “The Growth” was picked for Chiller Channel TV’s chillerskillershorts.com/ though it’s probably the least scary episode I made. The time limit for the contest was 5 minutes, so being the 2nd one created, I entered it for the heck of it and it was picked as one of the 13 top finalists. Not worried about winning or losing, just nice to see it was selected.

FSudol’s Robotic Downfall the video game inspired by Frenzy, Robotron and Berzerk will be released late May, early June 2015 for Mac, Linux and PC.

-2016 My short film, Monster Man (starring Fred Figiero), was featured on the Monsterland DVD, released in the US on DVD, video and more. The Feature film contains many horror shorts inspired by monsters, and I’m glad to have my short included, where Fred finds and hunts for a dangerous monster attacking hunters in the forest. Big thank you to Dread Central’s Steve Barton for the chance to contribute! My name in the box and film credits.

-2017 Release of City of Rott: Streets of Rott the video game beat-em up brawler, on Steampowered.com. Steam is one of the largest, most successful video game retailers online in the world, currently. It was a definitely a dream of mine to have my cartooning represented on that stage and thank you to all of the fans who voted for the game to allow it to happen on Steam Greenlight. Without your votes, it would not have been. Thanks!

-2018 and beyond. I hope to have City of Rott: Otherworld completed and we’ll see what happens after that. I love art, so I will continue to develop, improve and learn as I go. Thank you! -FSudol

 

 

 

 

City of Rott: Otherworld Progress: July 2017

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UPDATE: July 2017: COR:O is progressing, though it’s still going to take a major effort to complete everything. The good news is, I am having fun again working on it after refining the script and dialog not too long ago, while also enjoying the animation process. The lip syncing is tedious at times, but with Anime Studio Pro 8, it’s really easy to do compared to prior films. The film is roughly near the 40-45% mark in completion, but has made some big progress recently after I earned back my motivation.

Thanks for your patience, as it’s a ton of work and I want to enjoy the process but also realize this takes a huge chunk of time in life, so I can’t forget about other daily stuff too. Guessing late 2018 and will try to get it on blu ray, dvd and digital. Thanks! -FSudol

George A. Romero dies at 77.

Steve Barton’s Dread Central offers many tributes to George A. Romero, The King of Zombie movies, who passed away Sunday night at the age of 77 (1940 to 2017). Here’s a link to the heartfelt memories and influence George Romero had on the horror genre. It’s a great list of contributors, and I was able to add my own experience in there too (thanks Steve.)

http://www.dreadcentral.com/news/240872/remembering-george-romero-collection-tributes/

http://www.dreadcentral.com/news/240806/remembering-george-romero-frank-sudol/

 

Here’s a video tribute I created for the legend who inspired me to create City of Rott back in 2005, 2006.

While it’s not easy to say goodbye to someone meaningful after they die, it’s important to keep all of the good memories in mind, because that is what matters. The end is part of life, but so is the journey. It’s not so much about the one day they left, but the many days they were here for us to enjoy. As they say, the journey is the main experience in life, not just reaching a destination. To realize being sad won’t bring them back, and they wouldn’t want others to stay depressed for long, but instead, celebrate the life they had the chance to live and the good memories and influence they left behind. In this case, George A. Romero’s films and great personality. He will be remembered.

Originally Published on Jul 16, 2017

George A. Romero, the King of Zombie Movies, dies at age 77. 1940-2017 – Short Tribute Inspiration Film by F. Sudol.

[It was reported that George A. Romero died from his short but sudden battle with lung cancer, stemming from his years of smoking.]

The reason I created City of Rott was because of one movie. George A. Romero’s Day of the Dead from 1985. Without the impact that film had on my imagination and love of the Horror Genre and zombies in particular in my youth, the inspiration and challenge to create an entire, feature length zombie movie on my own in 2005 (completed 2006) would not be the same. Day of the Dead is still my favorite zombie movie of all time for the pure, unleashed Living Dead Horror created by George A. Romero and his brilliant Tom Savini team. They say it’s not how one dies that matters, but the life they lived. I believe that is most important, and even though a legend is gone, his Living Dead Films and other classics will live on, haunting the minds of all who watch. Rest in Peace, George. -FSudol

List of Films Directed by George A. Romero 2009 back to 1962
2009 Survival of the Dead
2007 Diary of the Dead
2005 Land of the Dead
2000 Bruiser
1993 The Dark Half
1990 Two Evil Eyes – segment
1988 Monkey Shines
1985 Day of the Dead
1982 Creepshow
1981 Knightriders
1978 Dawn of the Dead
1978 Martin
1973 The Crazies
1972 Season of the Witch
1971 There’s Always Vanilla
1968 Night of the Living Dead
1962 Expostulations (Short)

George A. Romero – 1940 to 2017 … His legend will live on.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

City of Rott 2 Screenplay Text (2013)

For City of Rott 2, I trimmed the screen play I wrote back in 2013 here, so it mostly only highlights the dialog. I’m posting it here for fans to read, and also for those who are fans of my cartoons but speak in another language. With a translator tool, the following can be translated into another language as needed. Thank you.

 

 

CITY OF ROTT 2

Screenplay by Frank J Sudol © 2013

MAX
Heads up guys. We got a horde of Rottheads on the way.

SCOUT
You’re the new guy. Let’s see what you can do.

MAX
You saw me shoot before.
I can’t handle ten zombies alone.

SCOUT
Spread ‘em around. If you can’t handle it, give us a holler.

MAX
I’m telling you now, I can’t handle it!

SCOUT
And I’m telling YOU, get out there and
prove your worth as a scout!
Otherwise get lost!

MAX
What have you done?

ZIVOUHR
I think it’s obvious…

Max aims his gun at ZIVOUHR and pulls the trigger, but the chamber is empty.

ZIVOUHR
Tell your boss, Zivouhr was here.
And while you’re at it, ask him for
the cure.

MAX
What cure?

ZIVOUHR
The cure to your skin worms of course.

Max has a skin worm crawling up his arm, which he flicks off.

MAX
Skin Worms? He’s got the cure?

ZIVOUHR
Hm hm hm hm…

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D’VOWER
Don’t tell me you’ve returned empty handed
on your first mission?

MAX
Big problem.

D’VOWER
Where are the other scouts?

MAX
His name was Zivouhr. They didn’t make it.

D’VOWER
And who is Zivouhr?

MAX
Some kind of assassin, that’s all I know.
There were zombies all over the place!

D’VOWER
… By penalty of death, not a word of this gets out,
you understand me?

MAX
Understood.

D’VOWER
Dismissed!

MAX
Have you heard of this guy before?

D’VOWER
I SAID you’re dismissed!

MAX
Sorry.

Max walks out but not before D’Vower drop kicks him down the ramp, knocking Max to his face.
D’VOWER speaks to the COURIER dressed in black (the same outfit Rahptius wears, only without a helmet).

D’VOWER
Courier?

COURIER
(Cowboy)
Yes sir?

D’VOWER
Get a crew of our best Snipers out there.
Let’s put an end to this Zivouhr once and for all.

COURIER
Yes sir.

D’VOWER
And let Max know incompetence will not be tolerated.
No food for six days.

COURIER
Yes sir.

D’VOWER
Dismissed.

COURIER
Thank you Lord D’Vower.

Speaking to himself as the COURIER exits.

D’VOWER
Zivouhr… Mock me will you, no more.

INT: CAFETERIA: Well lit. MAX is on line at the SERVING STATION WINDOW with his EMPTY TRAY, waiting for it to fill up with food.

FOOD ROBOT VOICE:
Penalty to Max Bludharte.

MAX
Penalty?

FOOD ROBOT VOICE:
No rations for six days time.

MAX
Six days?! On who’s orders?

Orders
Orders of the Courier.

MAX
So what am I supposed to do, starve?

FOOD ROBOT VOICE:
Successfully complete your next Scouting mission
to renew your priveledges.

MAX
How am I supposed to complete a mission without
a team?

FOOD ROBOT VOICE
Next in line please.

Max looks at the next guy in line and asks if he can join their team.

MAX
Hey buddy, can I team up with you guys?

SCOUT 1
(godfatherish)
Find somebody else. We don’t take newbies.

Max is pushed aside by the next in line. Max sits down in an Empty seat with an empty tray. The Table is filled with SCOUTS, who mock him.

SCOUT 2
(pitchy wine)
So what’s today’s job?

SCOUT 3
(countdracula)
Scavenge the UFO crash site. Make sure none
of those Aliens wander off.

SCOUT 2
Don’t they know that place is infested
with Rottheads?

SCOUT 3
That’s the job. You wanna eat?
Don’t ask questions.

They look at Max, and notice he’s alone, with no food.

SCOUT 2
What’s the matter Max? Lost your friends? Where’s your team?

MAX
I tried to save ‘em. Lousy Rotters got ‘em.

SCOUT 3
Isn’t that funny.
Best scouts around get taken in by a bunch of dead heads.
And you’re the only that survived.

SCOUT 2
That’s the third team this month.

MAX
I’m part of the team, remember? I’m here to help you guys.

SCOUT 3
Then why is your food tray empty?

MAX
I wasn’t hungry.

SCOUT 2
One meal a day and he’s not hungry.

SCOUT 3
Unless you’ve been penalized; for your incompetence!

SCOUT 2
Last thing we need is some new scout who can’t shoot straight.

SCOUT 3
Why don’t you go back to the slums you crawled out of?

SCOUT 2
You’re not welcome here, you got that?!

MAX
So you guys investigating that UFO?

SCOUT 2
None of your business.

SCOUT 3
Why do you care? Wanna join us, get us all killed?

MAX
Just wanna prove myself, that’s all.

SCOUT 2
Get lost, Bludharte.

MAX
Give me a chance, guys. I’m not the clod you
think I am.

SCOUT 2
Yeah, he’s worse.
(LAUGHING)

SCOUT 3
… Hold it guys. Maybe we’ve
been too rough on Max.
Let’s give him one last chance.

SCOUT 2
You’re not serious? Are you?

MAX
You mean it?

SCOUT 3
Meet us outside, okay?

MAX
Thanks guys. I won’t let you down.

MAX gets up and walks away.

SCOUT 2
What the heck did you tell him that for?

SCOUT 3
Relax. Let’s just make sure this is Max’s LAST
scouting mission.

SCOUT 2
(Laughing)
I like the sound of that!
Ha ha ha ha ha!

EXT: D’VOWERS: NIGHT

Max meets up with the SCOUT CREW OF FIVE, him being the sixth member. They notice the COURIER leaving with a crew of BLACK SUITED SNIPERS, in the opposite direction of where they are heading.

SCOUT 3
Ready to roll?

MAX
I’m ready.
And I appreciate the change of heart.

SCOUT 3
Everybody deserves a second chance, right?

MAX
Thanks guys.

They set out into the City of ROTT.

EXT: UFO CRASH SITE: MORNING
They reach the crash site, and notice the UFO is surrounded by Zombies.

SCOUT 2
What’s the goal?

SCOUT 3
D’Vower says they’re hiding some kind of
super weapon in there. It’s our job to
bring it back.

SCOUT 2
You gotta be kiddin’ me?

SCOUT 3
Any suggestions Max?

MAX
Suggestions? Yeah, let’s get those
zombies out of there first.

SCOUT 3
Why that’s brilliant. Why didn’t we
think of that?

SCOUT 3 draws his gun on MAX, along with the rest of the SCOUTS, aiming at him.

SCOUT 3
The game’s over Max.

MAX
Hey, hold on guys, what is this?

SCOUT 3
This is your death.

MAX
Wait a second! I can still prove useful to you guys!

SCOUT 3
And how are you gonna do that? You got your last team
slaughtered.

MAX
I’ll draw the zombies away from the ship. Then you
go in and get the weapon. If I don’t make it back,
that’s my problem.

The Scouts look at each other, and shrug their shoulders.

SCOUT 3
We were gonna use your corpse as bait, but that’s
actually not a bad plan.

SCOUT 2
If you mess this up…

MAX
I promise. I’ll draw them as far away as possible.

The Scouts lower their weapons and Max hurries off into the open to draw the zombies, while the Scouts wait in the shadows.

SCOUT 2
He’s a dead man.

SCOUT 3
Good riddance.

Max is running as fast as he can go when he approaches the UFO. The zombies turn and chase after him, leaving the UFO clear to approach.

SCOUT 3
Coast is clear. Let’s go.

SCOUT 2
What about the Aliens?

SCOUT 3
Let’s go!
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SCOUT 3
And who are you?

ZIVOUHR
Call me Zivouhr.

SCOUT 2
Zivouhr. Hey that rhymes with D’Vower!

SCOUT 3
I don’t care what you call yourself, get
outta the way!

ZIVOUHR
Let’s see you try.

SCOUT 3
You asked for it!

They open fire on Zivouhr, who’s armor deflects all of the bullets. He moves in quickly, shoots and slices them all to death but for Scout 3, who is lying on the ground about to die.

SCOUT 3
Why?

ZIVOUHR
Because you deserve it.
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COURIER
Where’d you get that armor?

ZIVOUHR
Same place you got yours.

COURIER
Why you doing this? Killin’ our scouts?

ZIVOUHR
Let’s call it payback.

COURIER
For what?

ZIVOUHR
For making me who I am.
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HARRY
Follow me!
—————————

MAX
Thank you so much! I needed that. If I don’t
eat enough food-

HARRY
The skin worms eat you alive.
I know all about it.

MAX
Skin worms?

HARRY
Name’s Harry Figiero.

MAX
I’m Max. You new around here?

HARRY
Ever hear of Fred Figiero?

MAX
Yeah, I heard of him. Guy was nuts.

HARRY
He was my brother.
And also the best Walker Fu Master
that ever lived.

MAX
You’re not too bad yourself there,
old man. Thanks again.

HARRY
Why are you part of D’Vower’s Supply?

MAX
Cause I gotta eat.
Where’d you get that food ration anyway?

HARRY
Dead scouts all over city. More and more
each day.

MAX
I think I know who’s behind it.

HARRY
His name’s Zivouhr.

MAX
You’ve heard of him?

HARRY
I trained him.

MAX
He’s one of yours?!

HARRY
He chose his own path and
teamed up with D’Vower.

MAX
That explains the bullet proof armor.
What else you know about this guy?

HARRY
Don’t be a hero.

MAX
Oh, so he can wipe us all out?

HARRY
You’re no match for him. Besides,
D’Vower’s corrupt. He stole those rations
you feed yourself on.

MAX
Stole them? From who?

HARRY
That used to be MY supply shop. I saved his life
one day. Invited him to recover. Even let him
run the shop! Worst mistake of my life.

MAX
What happened?

HARRY
Don’t you have to report back?

MAX
I guess you’re right. How do I
get out of here?

HARRY
Head down the tunnel, make a left.
The coast should be clear.

MAX
I won’t forget this Harry.
Thanks.

HARRY
Oh and uh, Max?

MAX
Yeah?

HARRY
Never let D’Vower know about your problem.

MAX
Problem? What problem?

HARRY
The one crawling under your skin.

MAX
You don’t know what you’re talkin’ about, old man.
See you later!
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ZIVOUHR
Still alive I see.

MAX
I’m harmless, please!

ZIVOUHR
And yet you serve the master of Evil.

MAX
I have to eat.

ZIVOUHR
Yes, I know about your, infection.
Neglected to inform D’Vower, didn’t you?

MAX
How do you know that?

ZIVOUHR
Because you’re still alive.

MAX
… What do you got against us anyway?

ZIVOUHR
Let me put you out of your misery.

MAX
Wait! You need rations? I’ll get ‘em
for ya! No need to kill anymore.

ZIVOUHR
Hm hm hm hm hm…

MAX
Give me a chance, please!

ZIVOUHR
Not good enough I’m afraid.

MAX
Wait! The old guy! Harry!

ZIVOUHR
You know of him?

MAX
He trained you, didn’t he?
That’s right. He’s my friend.

ZIVOUHR draws back his sword and sheathes it.

ZIVOUHR
I’ll spare you under one condition.

MAX
Name it.

ZIVOUHR
Go back to D’Vower. Tell him
Zivouhr was here.

MAX
That’s it?

ZIVOUHR pulls out a cylinder that begins to shake violently till he eases his movement and hands it to Max. It has an Explosive Symbol on it, as if toxic or dangerous.

ZIVOUHR
Give him this.

MAX
What is it?

ZIVOUHR
No more questions. If I ever catch you in
uniform again…
—————————

MAX
After he killed all our men,
Zivouhr told me to give you this.

Max puts down the box, but D’Vower refuses to take it and has a BLACK GUARD take it for him.

D’VOWER
Guard. Take the object for examination.

BLACK GUARD
Yes sir.

The BLACK GUARD walks off and exits.

D’VOWER
Why is he letting YOU survive? THAT is what
I would like to know.

MAX
Just dumb luck I guess.

D’VOWER
No. Not luck. You have something. Something
he can relate to. Don’t you?

MAX
… I don’t know what you’re talking about.

D’VOWER
Oh, I think you do. Guards! Seize him!

—————————

SCOUT
Hey old man! We heard you’re the one leading
all the Rotters into our city. You and that
Zivouhr fella.

HARRY
Then you heard wrong.

SCOUT
Say goodbye Harry. Say goodbye.

The Scout opens fire and Harry ducks for cover, placing his walker against the post and drawing out his UZI.

—————————
MAX
What is this?

D’VOWER
I’ve been watching you Max.
You’ll be of no more use to us. Burn him alive!

MAX
What?! Why?!

A SKIN WORM falls out of Max’s Arm as he says this.

D’VOWER
Don’t you wish to be cured?

MAX
Please! I can take him down! Kill Zivouhr!

D’VOWER halts the guards just before they exit with Max.

D’VOWER
Halt!
Bring him back.

They bring him back and push him to the ground before D’Vower.

D’VOWER
Tell me more.

—————————
HARRY
Goodbye.

He continues looking at the stores as if searching for something.

HARRY
No shoes stores? No wonder this mall went out business!
I could’ve used a new pair of slippers.

EXT: MALL – DAY
Then HARRY exits the Mall while avoiding outside zombies.

—————————
SNIPER GUARD
It’s about time D’Vower threw you out.
I hope you rot out there!

MAX
(nonchalantly)
Thanks.

INT: D’VOWERS (added dialog 11/18/2013)
A RED GUARD is boldly speaking to D’Vower about Max.

RED GUARD
Forgive me Zivouhr, I mean D’Vower,
but why let Max go free? He’s crawling with skin worms!

D’VOWER
Zivouhr has been stealing our vital supplies and killing our scouts.
Max has been spared by Zivouhr. Twice. What don’t you understand?

RED GUARD
I’m just saying. He’ll infect everyone of us.
Let me kill him. Please.

D’VOWER
… As you wish.

RED GUARD
You mean it?

D’VOWER
Of course.

RED GUARD
I’ll burn him alive. Thank you Zivouhr- I mean D’Vower.
Sorry about that.

D’VOWER
You’re dismissed.

The SCOUT nods, turns around to descend the steps, and gets a sword struck through the back of his head, as D’Vower releases him down the ramp.

D’VOWER
Permanently.

The other RED GUARD turns away in disgust at what D’Vower did to his sidekick.

—————————
SURVIVOR 2
Ahhh!!!

The other guy fights off the Rotters with a pipe. There are 10 zombies attacking.

SURVIVOR
Get away from me! Help! Someone!
—————————
SURVIVOR
Thanks mister.

MAX
Too bad you’re bit.

SURVIVOR
Quick! I need the cure!

MAX
There’s prevention, but no cure. I’m sorry.

SURVIVOR
Then it’s all over. Isn’t it? It’s all over.

MAX
Before ya drop dead, did you see Zivouhr?

SURVIVOR
I don’t feel so good.
Tell my wife, I love her.
—————————
D’VOWER
Progress?

RED GUARD
Zivouhr lives.

D’VOWER
And what of Max?

RED GUARD
Underground, believed to be
the home of the old man.

D’VOWER
Then Max has betrayed us. No doubt under
orders from the old man.
They have defied me for the last time.
Execute them.

RED GUARD
And if Zivouhr shows up?

D’VOWER
Run.

—————————

HARRY
Still hungry, huh?

MAX
Harry! Sorry, I was-

HARRY
Don’t worry about it.
Those skin worms take their toll.

MAX
Skin worms?

HARRY
I see you’re out of uniform.

MAX
Yeah, I quit.

HARRY
Think you can rely on me for food?

MAX
I have food with me.

HARRY
I see that. Why not eat the food you got?

MAX
Yours looks better.

HARRY
You mean mine’s not poisoned, right?

MAX
… Poisoned?

HARRY
I know what D’Vower put you up to. He wants
Zivouhr dead at all costs.
But trust me. He won’t fall for that.
Give it back to D’Vower.

MAX
You want him dead too, huh?

HARRY
He stole everything Max.
Everything. Including my daughter.

MAX
I didn’t know. She still alive?

HARRY
He killed her. Burned her alive.
I found her body outside the shop.

MAX
I’m sorry. Why would he do that?

HARRY
Greed and arrogance. She refused him,
and so he killed her. To remind me
he’s the new boss in town.
You’re just a puppet, Max.

MAX
What am I supposed to do? If I don’t eat,
the worms take over.

HARRY
There is a cure, ya know.

MAX
Yeah, he told me.

HARRY
Not D’Vower’s cure, an Alien Cure.

MAX
Alien cure? How?

HARRY walks over and shows Max the tunnels on his hands.

MAX
You too?

HARRY
HAD skin worms. If you want the cure, get inside
that UFO.

MAX
The UFO? The door’s jammed shut.

HARRY
I suggest you get there before D’Vower does.

MAX
Why? What’s his plan?

HARRY
Anything he doesn’t like, he burns.
—————————
D’VOWER
And the UFO?

RED GUARD
Again, we tried to get in but it’s sealed shut.

D’VOWER
And all the while those pale, bug eyed freaks wait inside.
No doubt planning their first attack against us. The more
we wait, the stronger they become.
I won’t have my kingdom jeopardized!
Destroy the UFO by tomorrow morning.

RED GUARD
As you wish, Lord D’Vower. As you wish.

INT: HARRY’S SEWER HOME
Max is still sitting with Harry, talking.

MAX
So how’d you get in there?

HARRY
When they first crashed, I helped them. And they
gave me the cure.

MAX
I’ll need you along.
We can help Zivouhr too.

HARRY
I refuse to help Zivouhr.

MAX
I thought he was doing you a favor?

HARRY
It’s because of him my daughter perished.

MAX
How?

HARRY
Later. Right now we need to get to that ship!
Put on the armor!

We see in a series of quick cuts against a black background, Max suit up and transform into a Dark Knight in his new Rahptius Uniform, complete with Uzi, sword and helmet.

EXT: CITY: DUSK
RAHPTIUS (MAX) and HARRY walking on the freeway.

MAX
So tell me old man.
What’s the secret to your great skill at Walker Fu?

HARRY
You really wanna know?

MAX
Yeah.

HARRY
Are you certain?

MAX
Yeah, I’m sure.

HARRY
And how bad do you want this skill?

MAX
(half laughing)
If you’re not gonna tell me, no big deal.

HARRY
That… My friend… IS the secret.

MAX
Say what?
—————————
HARRY
Remain calmly detached in the face of great uncertainty.

MAX
Calmly detached, huh? Even with a thousand zombies around ya?

HARRY
You have your answer.
—————————
HARRY
From now on, call yourself Rahptius.

MAX
Rahptius?

HARRY
To protect your identity!

MAX
Well, you’re the boss.

HARRY
You ready?

MAX
I hope you got a plan, old man.

HARRY
Trust me.
—————————
HARRY
My friends! It’s you’re good friend Harry!
I need your help!

MAX
Is this your plan?

HARRY
Right now!
—————————
HARRY
Wait!

MAX
Are you nuts?!
—————————
MAX
What the?
—————————
HARRY
Thank you my friend.
Say, you don’t look so good.

ALIEN
(soft soothing Filtered accent)
What can I do for you, old friend?

MAX
You can understand us?

HARRY
I need you to cure my pal over here.
Like you did for me.

ALIEN
Alas, that was the last of my power,
I cannot help you.

HARRY
Sorry Max. We’re too late.

MAX
Can’t help me?

ALIEN
Unless…

MAX
Unless what?

ALIEN
Unless you can provide us with the necessary part
to repair our vessel.

MAX
I’m listening.

ALIEN
When we crashed, it dislodged from our ship
while we lay wounded.

MAX
Where is it?

ALIEN
Before our tracking device lost all power,
the part we detected,
awaits inside D’Vower’s Supply.

MAX
D’Vowers? You gotta be kiddin’ me?

ALIEN
I kid not.

HARRY
I don’t think he’s kidding.

MAX
Couldn’t you pick a better place than that?

ALIEN
Please. We are the last of our kind.
Unless you can do this, our lives will expire shortly.

MAX
What does this part look like?

ALIEN
A small cylinder. When you find it, don’t tamper with
it’s core. It’s very explosive.

MAX
A small cylinder?
I brought it to D’Vowers.

HARRY
What’d you do that for?!

MAX
How was I supposed to know?

HARRY
Well get it back! And hurry!

ALIEN
Wait! A ship without pilots is useless. We will
also need a source of energy to stay alive.

MAX
What kind of energy?

ALIEN
A fresh protein source.

MAX
You mean like this?

Max pulls out a ration and hands it to the ALIEN.

ALIEN
I’m afraid not. Something more viable.

HARRY
You don’t mean people, do ya?

ALIEN
I’m afraid so.

MAX
Scoop up some of these zombies!

ALIEN
It must be free of disease.

MAX looks at Harry.

HARRY
Don’t look at me!

MAX
How am I gonna find a clean corpse?

HARRY
I bet you’ll find ‘em at D’Vowers.

ALIEN
Hurry. Our time is almost up.

MAX
What’s to say when I get this part and
you get your strength back, you won’t just
feast on us?

ALIEN
Please. You will have to trust me.

MAX
And you’re sure I can trust them?

HARRY
They cured me of skin worms.

MAX
Wait here Harry. I’ll be back.

Max is seen racing off, when suddenly, from above, ZIVOUHR jumps down and confronts HARRY.

HARRY
Zivouhr?!

ZIVOUHR
Hello Harry. Long time no see.

HARRY
What do you want?

ZIVOUHR
You heard the alien. They need protein.

HARRY
Over my dead body.

ZIVOUHR
That’s the idea.

ZIVOUHR pulls out his sword and battles briefly with Harry but is pushed back. Zivouhr then draws his gun and aims at Harry.

ZIVOUHR
For your age, I’m impressed old man.

HARRY
You always were a coward.

ZIVOUHR
It’s nothing personal.

HARRY
Nothing personal? Like when you
kidnapped my daughter! Handed her over to
D’Vower as payment to become one of his scouts?

ZIVOUHR
I had no idea he would kill her!
I was wrong. Forgive me.

HARRY
Never.

ZIVOUHR
Then you make this so much easier.
Goodbye Harry. My old friend.
—————————
RAHPTIUS
Hey you! Open the gate!

SNIPER GUARD
Courier? I thought you died?

RAHPTIUS
Never believe what you hear.

SNIPER GUARD
Take off your helmet.

RAHPTIUS
You wanna be out on the streets?
Open the gate. I have urgent news
for D’Vower.

SNIPER GUARD
I’ll have to check this out with him, first.

RAHPTIUS
… I’ll make sure you don’t eat for
three weeks in a row!
—————————
BLACK GUARD
Progress on Zivouhr’s box?

EXAMINER GUARD
Zero.

BLACK GUARD
Leave it.
Zivouhr needs all of the guards outside.

EXAMINER GUARD
You mean D’Vower?

BLACK GUARD
That’s what I said.

EXAMINER
No, you said Zivouhr. That’s the reason
he calls himself that. To confuse us. To mock D’Vower.

BLACK GUARD
We got a problem outside.

EXAMINER
What kind of problem.

BLACK GUARD
Courier.

EXAMINER
Courier’s dead.

BLACK GUARD
Exactly.

EXAMINER
Lead the way.
—————————
ZIVOUHR
And now you shall die.

Zivouhr is presenting Harry before the weakened ALIEN.

ZIVOUHR
Dead or alive?

ALIEN
We cannot devour our friend.

ZIVOUHR
What do you mean? His blood
is as good as anyones!

ALIEN
Let him go. Or else you will not
be cured.

HARRY
Please. Do as he says.

ZIVOUHR
… Curse you!
—————————
ROBOT
Intruder Alert! Intruder Alert!

INT: D’VOWER THRONE ROOM: WELL LIT
Max high tails it only to be blocked by D’VOWER and several BLACK GUARDS inside the main hall.

D’VOWER
Reveal yourself or die.

RAHPTIUS
I’ll take the third option.
—————————
D’VOWER
Your skills are weak.

RAHPTIUS
Back off!

D’VOWER
Or what?

RAHPTIUS
Or this bomb ‘ell blow us
both to smithereens.

D’VOWER
You wouldn’t kill yourself,
It’s a bluff.

RAHPTIUS
What makes you so sure?

—————————

D’VOWER
(without first seeing Zivouhr)
Is that you Tempest? Or
should I say Zivouhr?

ZIVOUHR
That’s right. I came back
to finish you off. Take over.

D’VOWER
You have no idea what I’m capable of.

ZIVOUHR
Together Rahptius, we can destroy this evil.

RAHPTIUS
And what happens after that?

ZIVOUHR
Then we’ll discuss the future as a team.

D’VOWER
He’s lying Rahptius. You can’t trust Zivouhr.

RAHPTIUS
Together.
—————————
D’VOWER
Mercy! Please!

ZIVOUHR
Did you show me mercy,
when you banished me to death?!

D’VOWER
That was so long ago.

ZIVOUHR
And yet I never forget.

D’VOWER
It wasn’t my idea. Courier
put me up to it! Believe me!

It’s your base now. You can have it!
Please. Let me live.

ZIVOUHR
Always blinded by your arrogance and pride.

D’VOWER
Are you any different? Your friend has
escaped your presence.

ZIVOUHR
Not for long. Goodbye
D’Vower. May you burn in the fires of Hell.
—————————
MAX
Calmly detached.
—————————
RAHPTIUS
Long time no see. How’s D’Vower?

ZIVOUHR
Deceased.

RAHPTIUS
Sorry I couldn’t stick around.

ZIVOUHR
The cylinder.

RAHPTIUS
(pulling out the skin worm from his neck and showing it, as it squirms)
You see this? The pain I endure every day.
That ship is my only solution. And you’re in the way.

He tosses the worm aside.

ZIVOUHR
I endure the same affliction.

RAHPTIUS
… Prove it.

ZIVOUHR does nothing to prove it.

ZIVOUHR
Together, let us solve their problem.
So they may cure us both.

RAHPTIUS
You don’t deserve it.

—————-
ZIVOUHR
Hand it over, and I’ll spare your
life.

RAHPTIUS
It belongs to them!

ZIVOUHR
So they can do what? Destroy the rest
of us? Once they have their power
back, who’s to stop them?

THE DOOR to the UFO opens as HARRY steps out.

RAHPTIUS
Thank goodness, Harry. Where’s the alien?

HARRY
I’m afraid he didn’t make it.

ZIVOUHR
What?

HARRY
They’re all dead. I couldn’t stop
the attack.

RAHPTIUS
So I’m cursed forever then?

HARRY
I’m afraid so. You hear that Zivouhr?
It’s time for you to leave! There’s
nothing left.

ZIVOUHR
If there’s one thing you taught me Harry;
never trust your enemy.
—————————
ZIVOUHR
I got the stuff you wanted. Now give me
the cure!

ALIEN
Is the cylinder intact? Is it stable?

ZIVOUHR
Of course it is.

ALIEN
Then bring both the Cylinder and the body,
into this vessel.
I’m too weak to install it
myself. You will need to do it for me,
if you want the cure.

ZIVOUHR
Why of course.
—————————
ZIVOUHR
Finally. I’m free. Years of
torment, gone at last.
—————————
HARRY
Told ya they were on our side.

MAX
Harry?
Why they aiming at us?

HARRY
Hey, watch where you point that thing!

ZIVOUHR
No worries.
That cylinder wasn’t exactly stable when I installed it.
Hm hm hm hm…
—————————
RAHPTIUS
Where’s Zivouhr?

HARRY
No idea.

HARRY
I’m sorry Max.

MAX
Yeah, me too.

HARRY
Is my old supply shop cleared up?

MAX
It’s all clear. Safe and sound.

HARRY
Then what are we waiting for?
—————————

HARRY
I ever tell ya I’m thinkin’ about startin’
my own business?

MAX
Your own business? Doing what?

HARRY
Repairing boats. A lot of boats on the docks
that could use some fixin’.

MAX
Yeah, along with your brain.
The ocean’s infected with rott worms!

HARRY
On second thought, I’ll repair airplanes.
Just need to find one, that’s all.

MAX
How about another cure for these skin worms? Harry?

INT: D’VOWERS: Examination Room
Rott worms are crawling in the hall and It’s revealed the worms are emanating from the Box Zivouhr gave to Max.

THE END

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Written, Produced and Directed by F.Sudol
CITY OF ROTT 2
Copyright © 2014 Frank Sudol.
F.Sudol Films. All Rights Reserved.