Tuesday, August 05, 2008

Bush In Prison - Wish You Were Here

More than six years ago I had the idea for the image below. It actually came to me as a flash animation, but I've neither acquired those skills nor been able to persuade anyone to complete the project. Finally a few weeks ago I found this stock photo and used my rudimentary PhotoShop skills to add the caption. Below the image is the original (2002) storyboard for the full concept.

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What I'd like to see in Flash or some other computer animation:

1. opening frames have heartbeat sound effects from the outro to Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon

2. the beating coincides with an image coming in and out of focus, near to viewer, then further away

3. image turns out to be "US" and a sideways Enron "E", in the form of a flag on the lapel of a headless torso dressed in a traditional blue suit (note: that was the original idea; the lapel pin could say something else, such as "anti-fascist" or "war criminal" or...?)

4. with the buttoned down torso clearly in focus, the sound effects segueway via a scream from another Pink Floyd song (a few to choose from)

5. this scream coincides with prison bars coming into focus, from near viewer perspective to further, pinning the torso in a prison cell

6. music switches again, quoting the line "exchange a walk on part in a war for a lead role in a cage"

7. this line plays while the head of George W. Bush comes bouncing into view from the right, landing on the headless torso

8. the full body now appears with Bush's arms raised slightly above his head, hands gripping the bars, shaking them

9. music segueways again, still within the same song, now mentioning the title "oh, how I Wish You Were Here"

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I put this out there openly for anyone willing to take the next steps. Contact me to collaborate, or just have at it!

Here are the full lyrics to Pink Floyd's "Wish You Were Here" (listen .mp3):

So, so you think you can tell heaven from hell, blue skies from pain
Can you tell a green field from a cold steel rail? A smile from a veil,
Do you think you can tell?

And did they get you to trade your heroes for ghosts? Hot ashes for trees?
Hot air for a cool breeze? Cold comfort for change?
And did you exchange a walk on part in the war for a lead-role in a cage?

How I wish, How I wish you were here.
We're just two lost souls, swimming in a fish bowl, year after year
Running over the same old ground. What have you found? The same old fears
Wish you were here

(Waters, Gilmour)

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