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Test Scene: First Draft of DERMALIAN Prologue by Michael Lewis

Prologue written by Michael Lewis. DERMALIAN by Sylvia Toy. Aliens discover ruins of the NYPL. Dir: Sylvia Toy St Louis. Co-Prod: Michael Lewis. #sylviatoystlouis#africanamericanart#experimentalfilm#femalefilmmakerfriday🎥#specialeffects#scifisaturdaypic.twitter.com/MacivAUOJb— Sylviatoyindustries (@sylvia_toy) April 30, 2018

A meeting on Dermalia at High Command

The #immediategratification factor of #animation. Latest #Dermalian models to populate the High Command. DERMALIAN by Sylvia Toy.#sylviatoystlouis#africanamericanart#experimentalfilm#femalefilmmakerfriday🎥#specialeffects#scifisaturdaypic.twitter.com/LtmPhYULMI — Sylviatoyindustries (@sylvia_toy) April 30, 2018
I am preparing a scene where Sub-Commander Jacqueline Pearce reports to her superiors, a panel of Dermalian admirals who oversee her department, Earth Studies. One of my filmmaker friends, Rika Ohara, says it looks they're dancing. Actually, this is what the empathetic communication looks like as it's happening.

Making more Dermalian models to populate the High Command

More #Dermalian models to populate the High Command. DERMALIAN by Sylvia Toy. Aliens discover ruins of the NYPL. Dir: Sylvia Toy St Louis. Co-Prod: Michael Lewis. #sylviatoystlouis#africanamericanart#experimentalfilm#femalefilmmakerfriday🎥#specialeffects#scifisaturdaypic.twitter.com/P1coYusWGR— Sylviatoyindustries (@sylvia_toy) April 29, 2018

DERMALIAN by Sylvia Toy PROTOTYPE 1 for Dermalia Base Command © 2018

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DERMALIAN by Sylvia Toy is a movie in preproduction about an alien race long after humans for whom, having discovered the ruins of the NYPL, human culture is all the rage. 
Director: Sylvia Toy St Louis. Co-Producers: Michael Lewis and #Sylviatoyindustries. 
This is one of many preproduction videos that will be made during story development. I usually create at least 5 times more scenes than are in the final cut of the movie. My husband Mike Lewis is Story Consultant/Dramaturge for DERMALIAN and he always kills the right darlings. We are pleased to be making progress on the story, which we have been talking about, making drawings and designs for, and trying to figure out how to make this movie since 2013.
#DERMALIAN #experimental #preproduction #SylviaToyStLouis. /#Sylviatoyindustries. #africanamericanart #femalefilmmakerfriday #scifisat

What happens when you spend the morning staring at cutaways of prairie dog burrows

What happens when you spend the morning staring at cutaways of prairie dog burrows. #animation#DERMALIAN, a movie in #preproduction about aliens who discover ruins of NYPL. Dir: #SylviaToyStLouis. Prod: Michael Lewis. ​ ​#experimentalfilm​ ​#femalefilmmakerfriday🎥​ ​ #scifisatpic.twitter.com/yI7kLl1Z9a— Sylviatoyindustries (@sylvia_toy) April 25, 2018

Immediate gratification following upload factor of animation

Immediate gratification following upload factor of #animation. #DERMALIAN, a movie in #preproduction about alien race long after humans who discovers the ruins of the NYPL. Dir: #SylviaToyStLouis. Prod: Michael Lewis. ​ ​#experimentalfilm​ ​#femalefilmmakerfriday🎥​ ​ #scifisatpic.twitter.com/7bqZjKSyZp — Sylviatoyindustries (@sylvia_toy) April 24, 2018

The Dermalians Today

Mood. #DERMALIAN, a movie in preproduction about an alien race long after humans who discovers the ruins of the NYPL. Dir: #SylviaToyStLouis. Producer: Michael Lewis. #Sylviatoyindustries​ ​#africanamericanart#experimentalfilm​ ​#femalefilmmakerfriday🎥​ ​ #scifisatpic.twitter.com/gYuqCAtKzw— Sylviatoyindustries (@sylvia_toy) April 24, 2018

Stumbled upon while researching caves: Lechuguilla Cavern

Dermalian Worldbuilding today

Worldbuilding today. Mike Lewis: "Dermalians could have been cave dwellers who wouldn’t have needed to see because via empathy, their collective consciousness would have created an “empathetic scan” of the cave. Caves have multiple levels, flat layers and water tables at bottom." pic.twitter.com/QUSOx58jk5— Sylviatoyindustries (@sylvia_toy) April 22, 2018

DERMALIAN by Sylvia Toy, Character animation studies: Props (Video One)

Yesterday, gave my creatures props to play with. Getting to know my animated #aliens. #DERMALIAN in #preproduction about aliens who discover the ruins of NYPL. Dir: #SylviaToyStLouis. Producer: Michael Lewis.​ ​ ​#femalefilmmakerfriday🎥​ ​#scifipic.twitter.com/9GgQRbIvMM— Sylviatoyindustries (@sylvia_toy) April 21, 2018

DERMALIAN by Sylvia Toy Character Animations - Today's setup

This afternoon after my volunteer gig, getting to know my animated #aliens. #DERMALIAN in #preproduction about aliens who discover the ruins of NYPL. Dir: #SylviaToyStLouis. Producer: Michael Lewis.​ ​ ​#femalefilmmakerfriday🎥​ ​#scifipic.twitter.com/X6d0dyhERC— Sylviatoyindustries (@sylvia_toy) April 20, 2018

DERMALIAN by Sylvia Toy NEW ANIMATIONS Week1 © 2018

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These animations of models, i.e., Dermalians, were made to explore character and social interaction of the Dermalians. So far they are playful, energetic, expressive and gregarious.
#DERMALIAN is a movie in preproduction about an alien race long after humans who discovers the ruins of the NYPL. Dir: #SylviaToyStLouis. Producer: Michael Lewis.  #Sylviatoyindustries​ ​#africanamericanart #experimentalfilm​ ​#femalefilmmakerfriday🎥​ ​ #scifisat

Getting to know the Dermalians (Day Four): A business meeting

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This week, getting to know my animated . This is a business meeting. in about aliens who discover the ruins of NYPL. Dir: . Producer: Michael Lewis.​ ​ ​​ ​




This week, getting to know my animated #aliens. This is a business meeting. #DERMALIAN in #preproduction about aliens who discover the ruins of NYPL. Dir: #SylviaToyStLouis. Producer: Michael Lewis.​ ​ ​#femalefilmmakerfriday🎥​ ​#scifipic.twitter.com/sYBB8ggkcU — Sylviatoyindustries (@sylvia_toy) April 20, 2018

Getting to know the Dermalians (Day Four): A family group

This week, getting to know my animated #aliens - this is a family group. #DERMALIAN, a movie in #preproduction about aliens who discover the ruins of NYPL. Dir: #SylviaToyStLouis. Producer: Michael Lewis.​ ​#experimentalfilm​ ​#femalefilmmakerfriday🎥​ ​#scifisat#animationpic.twitter.com/AEt03zCFd3— Sylviatoyindustries (@sylvia_toy) April 19, 2018

Getting to know the Dermalians (Day Four): More playful interaction plus a little showing off

Today, this week, etc. getting to know my animated #aliens - ten hours of #animation. #DERMALIAN, a movie in #preproduction about aliens who discover the ruins of NYPL. Dir: #SylviaToyStLouis. Producer: Michael Lewis.​ ​#experimentalfilm​ ​#femalefilmmakerfriday🎥​ ​#scifisatpic.twitter.com/snroqjL9Ah— Sylviatoyindustries (@sylvia_toy) April 19, 2018

Getting to know the Dermalians (Day Four): Playful Interaction

DERMALIAN by Sylvia Toy|​Sketch of the Dermalians Bantering. A movie in preproduction about aliens who discover the ruins of the NYPL. Dir: #SylviaToyStLouis. Producer: Michael Lewis. #Sylviatoyindustries​ ​#africanamericanart#femalefilmmakerfriday🎥​ ​ #scifisat#animationpic.twitter.com/9xJPZZC43M— Sylviatoyindustries (@sylvia_toy) April 19, 2018It is as rude on Dermalia to show your belly to a stranger as it is not to show your belly to a friend or family member.

Getting to know the Dermalians in their natural form (Day Three)

Today, this week, etc. getting to know my animated Dermalians -hours of animating ahead. DERMALIAN, a movie in preproduction about aliens who discover the ruins of NYPL. Dir: #SylviaToyStLouis. Producer: Michael Lewis.​ ​#experimentalfilm​ ​#femalefilmmakerfriday🎥​ ​#scifisatpic.twitter.com/30jRPr4YdN— Sylviatoyindustries (@sylvia_toy) April 18, 2018

Getting to know the Dermalians in their natural form (Day Two)

Today, tomorrow etc., getting to know my animated Dermalians -hours of animating ahead. DERMALIAN, a movie in preproduction about aliens who discover the ruins of NYPL. Dir: #SylviaToyStLouis. Producer: Michael Lewis.​ ​#experimentalfilm​ ​#femalefilmmakerfriday🎥​ ​#scifisatpic.twitter.com/y9PqzqZ6yE— Sylviatoyindustries (@sylvia_toy) April 16, 2018

Getting to know the Dermalians in their natural form (Day One)

Today, tomorrow etc., getting to know my animated Dermalians -hours of animating ahead. DERMALIAN, a movie in preproduction about aliens who discover the ruins of NYPL. Dir: #SylviaToyStLouis. Producer: Michael Lewis.​ ​#experimentalfilm​ ​#femalefilmmakerfriday🎥​ ​ #scifisatpic.twitter.com/SIUOY3t1RT— Sylviatoyindustries (@sylvia_toy) April 16, 2018

Getting to know the Dermalians

My week ahead, getting to know Dermalians - i.e. hours of animating. DERMALIAN, a movie in preproduction about aliens long after humans who discover the ruins of the NYPL. Dir: #SylviaToyStLouis. Producer: Michael Lewis.​ ​#experimentalfilm​ ​#femalefilmmakerfriday🎥​ ​ #scifisatpic.twitter.com/cYtAj7KpHg— Sylviatoyindustries (@sylvia_toy) April 15, 2018

Casting Note: Dr. Jules Verne

A post shared by Sylvia Toy St Louis (@sylviatoyindustries) on Apr 11, 2018 at 5:29pm PDT
My Co-Producer and I have agreed that I can claim the role of this annoyingly funny character, Dr. Verne, and play it once we begin production.

DERMALIAN by Sylvia Toy - Live Action Storyboard (Part One) © 2018

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#DERMALIAN is a movie in #preproduction about aliens who discover the ruins of the NYPL long after humans . Dir: #SylviaToyStLouis. Co-Producer: Michael Lewis.  #Sylviatoyindustries​ ​#africanamericanart #experimentalfilm​ ​#femalefilmmakerfriday🎥​ ​#scifisat
This #storyboard is made up of improvised scenes and half-scenes created during story development. My husband Mike Lewis is Story Consultant/Dramaturge for DERMALIAN and he always kills the right darlings. We are pleased to be making progress on the story, which we have been talking about, making drawings and designs for, and trying to figure out how to make this movie since 2013.

DERMALIAN by Sylvia Toy|​A Staff Meeting in Earthbase Captain Méliès' Office, with Dr. Jules Verne and Lieutenant Blondie

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#DERMALIAN, a movie in preproduction about an alien race long after humans for whom, having discovered the ruins of the NYPL, human culture is all the rage. Director: Sylvia Toy St Louis. Co-Producers: Michael Lewis and #Sylviatoyindustries. 
#sylviatoystlouis​ ​#africanamericanart #experimentalfilm​ ​#femalefilmmakerfriday​ ​#specialeffects #scifi

DERMALIAN by Sylvia Toy Backstory Dr Jules Verne FINAL © 2018 (08:07 minutes)

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DERMALIAN by Sylvia Toy: Backstory Interview of Dr Jules Verne (FINAL). #DERMALIAN, a movie in preproduction about an alien race long after humans for whom, having discovered the ruins of the NYPL, human culture is all the rage. Director: Sylvia Toy St Louis. Co-Producers: Michael Lewis and #Sylviatoyindustries.  #sylviatoystlouis​ ​#africanamericanart #experimentalfilm​ ​#femalefilmmakerfriday🎥​ ​#specialeffects #scifi

Excerpt, Backstory: Interview of character, Earth crewmember, Dr. Jules Verne

A Conference Call Between Base Sub-Cmdr Pearce and Earth Capt. Méliès (05:03 mins)

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DERMALIAN by Sylvia Toy|​A Conference Call Between Base Sub-Commander Pearce and Earthbase Captain Méliès. #DERMALIAN, a movie in preproduction about an alien race long after humans for whom, having discovered the ruins of the NYPL, human culture is all the rage. Director: Sylvia Toy St Louis. Co-Producers: Michael Lewis and #Sylviatoyindustries. 
#sylviatoystlouis​ ​#africanamericanart #experimentalfilm​ ​#femalefilmmakerfriday​ ​#specialeffects #scifi
This is one of many preproduction videos that will be made during story development. I usually create at least 5 times more scenes than are in the final cut of the movie. My husband Mike Lewis is Story Consultant/Dramaturge for DERMALIAN and he always kills the right darlings. We are pleased to be making progress on the story, which we have been talking about, making drawings and designs for, and trying to figure out how to make this movie since 2013. Long story short, we had lots of ideas but no story until we had a protagonist, Capta…

Excerpt: A Conference Call Between Dermalian Base Sub-Commander Jacqueline Pearce and Earthbase Capt. Georges Méliès

DERMALIAN by Sylvia Toy|​A Conference Call Between Base Sub-Cmdr Pearce/Earthbase Capt Méliès. In preproduction: alien race long after humans discovers the ruins of the NYPL. Dir: #SylviaToyStLouis. Producer: Michael Lewis #africanamericanart#femalefilmmakerfriday🎥​ ​#scififripic.twitter.com/x31Bx9x8qF — Sylviatoyindustries (@sylvia_toy) April 10, 2018

Backstory: Interview of Earthbase Captain Méliès (08:04 minutes)

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DERMALIAN by Sylvia Toy|Backstory of Earthbase Captain Méliès. DERMALIAN, a movie in preproduction about an alien race long after humans for whom, having discovered the ruins of the NYPL, human culture is all the rage. Director: Sylvia Toy St Louis. Co-Producers: Michael Lewis and #Sylviatoyindustries. #sylviatoystlouis #africanamericanart #experimentalfilm #femalefilmmakerfriday🎥 #specialeffects #scifi
This is one of many preproduction videos that will be made during story development. I usually create at least 5 times more scenes than are in the final cut of the movie. My husband Mike Lewis is Story Consultant/Dramaturge for DERMALIAN and he always kills the right darlings. We are pleased to be making progress on the story, which we have been talking about, making drawings and designs for, and trying to figure out how to make this movie since 2013. Long story short, we had lots of ideas but no story until we had a protagonist, Captain Barack, the Pilot and Commander of the Space B…

Excerpt of Interview: Backstory of Earthbase Captain Méliès

DERMALIAN by Sylvia Toy, EXPERIMENTS: Spaceship5/Prologue © 2018 (03:13 minutes)

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Tentative Prologue of #DERMALIAN, a movie in preproduction about an alien race long after humans for whom, having discovered the ruins of the NYPL, human culture is all the rage. Director: Sylvia Toy St Louis. Co-Producers: Michael Lewis and #Sylviatoyindustries. 
#sylviatoystlouis#africanamericanart #experimentalfilm#femalefilmmakerfriday#specialeffects #scifi

This is one of many preproduction videos that will be made during story development. I usually create at least 5 times more scenes than are in the final cut of the movie. My husband Mike Lewis is Story Consultant/Dramaturge for DERMALIAN and he always kills the right darlings. We are pleased to be making progress on the story, which we have been talking about, making drawings and designs for, and trying to figure out how to make this movie since 2013. Long story short, we had lots of ideas but no story until we had a protagonist, Captain Barack, the Pilot and Commander of the Space Bubble.

DERMALIAN Cast of Characters, Revised

Capt. Barack contacts Base Command. Excerpt tentative 2d scene: DERMALIAN, alien race long after humans discovers the ruins of NYPL. Dir: Sylvia Toy St Louis. Co-Prod: Michael Lewis. #africanamericanart #experimentalfilm#femalefilmmakerfriday🎥#specialeffects#SciFiFri#sylviatoypic.twitter.com/ZsJDAfbTjl — Sylviatoyindustries (@sylvia_toy) April 5, 2018

All of the scenes in this movie will be shot splitscreen/greenscreen. Theoretically, I can shoot anywhere if I/my assistant cinematographer(s) get the specs right. Except for the Home Base Sub-Commander, who I have already envisioned as a middle-aged woman and the Space Bubble Pilot, who I have already envisioned as a late-30s, early-40s man, gender, cis/trans/otherwise, is not set in my mind. #femalefilmmakerfri #experimentalfilm #AfricanAmericanArt #scififri
CHARACTERS Dermalian Home Base Sub-Commander (Dermalian or Human Dermalian female): General Jacqueline Pearce. Yes, that Jacqueline Pearce, who played the greatest SciFi villainess

Excerpt, Tentative Prologue for DERMALIAN

(Excerpt) Tentative Prologue of #DERMALIAN, an #experimental movie in #preproduction: Alien race long after humans discovers the ruin of the NYPL. Director: #SylviaToyStLouis. Co-Producers Michael Lewis/#Sylviatoyindustries. #africanamericanart#femalefilmmakerfriday🎥 #scifisatpic.twitter.com/IaKfxdrNgB — Sylviatoyindustries (@sylvia_toy) April 7, 2018
As The Reenactor (formerly "Zombie Shakespearean") wanders the Space Bubble, Dr. Jane monitors the Plasma and measure The Reenactor's impact on the environment of the ship.

DERMALIAN Tentative 2nd Scene: Captain Barack Contacts Base Command (Excerpt)

Capt. Barack contacts Base Command. Excerpt tentative 2d scene: DERMALIAN, alien race long after humans discovers the ruins of NYPL. Dir: Sylvia Toy St Louis. Co-Prod: Michael Lewis. #africanamericanart #experimentalfilm #femalefilmmakerfriday🎥#specialeffects#SciFiFri#sylviatoypic.twitter.com/ZsJDAfbTjl — Sylviatoyindustries (@sylvia_toy) April 5, 2018

DERMALIAN by Sylvia Toy EXPERIMENTS Spaceship3 © 2018 (05:55 minutes)

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Tentative first scene of DERMALIAN, a movie in preproduction about an alien race long after humans for whom, having discovered the ruins of the NYPL, human culture is all the rage. 
Director: Sylvia Toy St Louis. Co-Producers: Michael Lewis and Sylviatoyindustries. 
#sylviatoystlouis #africanamericanart #experimentalfilm #femalefilmmakerfriday�� #specialeffects #scifi #sylviatoyindustries
This is one of many preproduction videos that will be made during story development. I usually create at least 5 times more scenes than are in the final cut of the movie/final script. My husband Mike Lewis is Story Consultant/Dramaturge for DERMALIAN and he always kills the right darlings. We have to get it right if we want to attract actors.
Mike Lewis and I have been talking about, making drawings and designs for, and trying to figure out how to make this movie since 2013. Long story short, our faith was restored when I succeeded in walking on the moon in our living room for VOICE By Sylvia Toy.

Story development: Excerpt of first tentative scene of DERMALIAN

#femalefilmmakers #AfricanAmericanArt #sylviatoystlouis #sylviatoyindustries #experimentalfilm #videoperformance #greenscreenart #scifi

CREATION by Sylvia Toy: FICOCC #13 Best Fx Design

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Wish I had grandchildren so I could tell them "grandma's movie CREATION just won Best Fx Design from Five Continents International Film Festival." So glad I suffered through learning how to use a camera. #femalefilmmakerfriday #performanceart #sylviatoy

Interview of DERMALIAN Character: 98% Human Librarian Pilot Barack

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"My human name is Barack. My parents chose to be dark-skinned people. My mother was very interested in African American culture and my father was interested in African American culture and music. 
I'm 40 years old in human years. Since I'm a bit of a mutation it's hard for me not to think of myself as a deformity. I was born 98 % Human and only 2% Dermalian. 40 years ago was before Dermalians knew that a Human Dermalian child could be born of Dermalian parents without the ability to go back and forth between human form and Dermalian form.
I'm one of a kind I'm one of a kind and the closest I have in common with any other Dermalian is the zombie Shakespearean, who can't die. If he was able to go back to Dermalian form, he could probably go on living for another 50 to 75 years. But his human form is dead; and he can't go back to Dermalian form any more than I can go to Dermalian form. In fact there isn't a back to Dermalian for me because I was born…

Interview with DERMALIAN character: empathic Creative medic, Jane

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She is equivalent to 45-50 in human age, but explains that Dermalians have longer life spans than Humans and because of Plasma technology are able to regenerate. Human Dermalians don’t get cancer. Jane is Human 90% of the time except for her morphing as part of her work with Plasma. 

Her parents are both Creatives who are aesthetes, poetic and literary. Her father is Human 30% of the time; her mother is human 50-60% of the time, mostly because she loves Human fashion. Her father supports her mother in this because it’s in pursuit of beauty. Jane’s parents collect all sorts of beautiful things, which even if they hadn’t gotten interested in Human culture they would do because of the pursuit of beauty. Her father would like to obtain a suit of armor, but so far has not been able to obtain one because none have been found in Manhattan yet - there are only pictures. Jan emphasizes, however, that her parents’ collecting beauty is not materialistic. Materialism was a human phenomenon. 
Jane’s…