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Whatever you need to know about the presence of the story, I'm a little bit of a boy on the floor.

Sunspring is a 2016 science-fiction short film directed by Oscar Sharp, written by an screenwriting A.I. named Benjamin and starring Thomas Middleditch of Silicon Valley fame.

It was produced as part of Sci-Fi London's 48 Hour film challenge and it's... well, it's kind of weird. It's about an affair, we think? And a guy commits suicide?

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Either way, if you have ten minutes to spare, you could do worse than to watch it here on youtube.

This film presents examples of the following tropes:

  • All There in the Script:
    • The main character, the rival, and the female lead are never named. The credits refer to them as "H", "C" and "H", respectively. Most other sources refer to the second H as H2.
    • The script appears to refer to C as Coffey and H2 as Hauk.
  • Body Horror: H vomits up an eyeball at one point.
  • Composite Character: In the script the final monologue is delivered by a fourth character called "T", unseen until now. The film has H2 deliver the monologue to the camera.
  • Word-Salad Humor: Played for drama. The plot includes such gibberish lines as "Well, I have to go to the skull!" It's also quite hard to figure out the plot because of the word-salad dialogue. Pretty much all that is distinguishable is that there is probably a love triangle between the three characters, one may or may not have gone to space, and he at least contemplates suicide.
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