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The DERMALIAN High Council

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I am so psyched. While writing the DERMALIAN screenplay last week, the 3 grandes dames who comprise the High Council developed as strong personalities (all lawyers, i.e., huge egos, unbashful and very opinionated). They are the twins LEELA and SHEELA, and their peer, ELLLE. I desIgned new models and will spend January animating their scenes. They, especially LEELA, are a lot of fun.



DERMALIAN by Sylvia Toy: Aliens long after humans, who having discovered the ruins of the New York Public Library & becoming enamored of humans, establish the Ruins of the NYPL archaeological site & investigate why humans became extinct.


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Working

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Pre-production 1. The Helm of the Space Bubble2. Dermalian puppets3. The wheels of The Shakespearean ReEnactor’s Plasma treadmill4. Dermalians dancing5. Creation of the Dermalian puppetsI did a lot of work building sets and making costumes and creatures. All of that prep and all of the scenes that I improvised brought the characters and the world of the story to life so that I could write it all down.My next step is creating the Dermalian High Council, who are 3 strong personalities. I will spend January animating their scenes.DERMALIAN by Sylvia Toy: Aliens long after humans, who having discovered the ruins of the New York Public Library & becoming enamored of humans, establish the Ruins of the NYPL archaeological site & investigate why humans became extinct.You can make a donation to the project through our fiscal sponsor Women Make Movies here. #femalefilmmakers #scifi #empathy #environment

First draft of my DERMALIAN screenplay: Typed the 10,222nd word on Saturday the 16th!

DERMALIAN screenplay in-progress! 

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DERMALIAN screenplay in-progress! Writing now, formatting later as I am in composing crunch mode. 

While developing backstory for DERMALIAN, I became convinced that the reason we are killing the Earth is our perversely unnatural dissociation from it - i.e., "Nature" is over there & we are over here. We do not live in symbiosis with nature & we do not live empathetically with nature. Empathy became not just a natural capacity but the core value of Dermalian culture; and Dermalian technology is based on an organic, sentient substance, Plasma with which the Dermalians live in symbiosis & which the Dermalians protect with strict protocols & laws.
DERMALIAN by Sylvia Toy: Aliens long after humans, who having discovered the ruins of the New York Public Library & becoming enamored of humans, establish the Ruins of the NYPL archaeological site & investigate why humans became extinct.
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DERMALIAN by Sylvia Toy: a movie about empathy

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I wanted to make a movie about Dermalians, an alien culture based on individuals' capacity for empathy with two castes: Artists and Librarians. Artists had higher levels of empathy and the Librarians had superior skill for organizing the data and artifacts gathered by Artist explorers in interplanetary anthroarchaeological expeditions. Artists' high levels of empathy enabled them to adopt the physiology & bodily form of alien species. Librarians' Dermalian form was reminiscent of cephalopods. I decided to learn animation in order to portray the Librarians, not to mention figure out how to create outer space in Final Cut Express. Three years later, surrounded by greenscreen in my 10' x 12' livingroom, I shot myself ambulating in low gravity on the Moon. One year later, I animated my first Dermalian. At the same time I was reading about the environment & becoming convinced that the reason we are killing the Earth is our perversely unnatural dissociation from …

DERMALIAN Location research at the NYPL

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My husband (the longhaired blonde) & I shot all over the Library gathering visual research. The stills in this post are in the basement where the Dermalian scientists set up the archaeological site known as The Ruins of the NYPL. 
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