A MIND-BENDING JOURNEY THROUGH SEBASTIAN: THE SLUMBERLAND ODYSSEY
Fede Ponce has been in the entertainment industry for more than 15 years and he is humbled by having had the lucky opportunity to work on some of the biggest blockbusters to date. Whether leading global campaigns of MAIN TITLES for MARVEL movies as Creative Director or creating a metal suit for IRON MAN as a VFX supervisor, he has found himself working with some of the most creative people in entertainment. He has directed commercials and video game cinematics. However, he always dreamed of developing his own project. He received the help of Bertha Navarro, producer for Guillermo Del Toro, and has worked closely with Academy Award winning writer Zachary Sklar to ensure his project: Sebastian’s Odyssey is founded on an incredibly solid story.
After eight years of late night nights and financial sacrifice, I share with you my personal project: Sebastian: the Slumberland Odyssey. It’s the first of its kind, genre-busting series. It’s a mind bending live action/CGI episodic tale that blends Magical Realism with Science Fiction, in an unexplored new genre: SCI-FAN.
About the project:
In a future ruled by AI, where disease is a choice and unauthorized dreaming is punishable by death, a young orphan risks his life by traveling into the Dreamworld in order to save his inexplicably ill grandfather.
Thanks to an incredibly advanced A.I. humanity has been able to overcome war and poverty. Disease is now a choice. At last mankind has been united under a mission of collective prosperity. With one small price to pay: The loss of individuality.
In order for humankind to unite, people have forgone their ability to dream as well as their desire to be different. And with just cause, since unauthorized dreaming is now punishable by death.
However, there is another world beyond the reach of the A.I. : The Dreamverse.. or as it is known in legend: Slumberland. It is known as a realm made up of the entire collection of human dreams and desires. It is a vortex of chaos, fun and adventure where the remaining renegades and thought-provocateurs escape to in the middle of the night. Slumberland is a place of wonder where nothing is what it seems and the last remnants of human emotion remain pure and powerful.
Our story begins in a small house on the outskirts of the city of Vigilas. There, Sebastian and Mika, two unassimilated siblings thick as thieves and a few years apart, take turns assisting their mysteriously ill grandfather, as the try in vain to suppress their imagination and risk being discovered by the A.I. But the clock is ticking and danger looms near… for neither sibling can stop themselves from dreaming. When the A.I. senses their dreamwaves, Mika inexplicably disappears, leaving Sebastian and his grandfather alone. Despite the impending danger, the old man tasks Sebastian to venture into Slumberland and obtain a magical cure before his time runs out.Armed with only his wits, Sebastian enters a world where anything is possible… where both adventure and deadly peril await him. Terrible Nightmares with the power to devour him… and lost remnants of Imagination.. with the power to save him.
…Where perhaps he will find the mysterious cure in time and save his grandfather.
And perhaps…. Just perhaps….he will find his brother.
That is, if the A.I. does not find him first.