Black Antenna A Story Without Words, But Music
Black Antenna Series Details
Director: Adam Mason
Writer: Adam Mason and Paul Sloan
Release Date: March 7th, 2019
Release Format: Youtube
MPAA Rating: Not Currently Rated
Genre: Sci-fi / Mystery / Thriller
Running Time: 5 minutes per episode
Social Networking: Alice In Chains Official YouTube Page
Black Antenna tells the story of Alpha (played by “Green Book” actor Paul Sloan) and his 21-year-old daughter, Beta (Viktoriya Dov), who drive their beat-up truck across California in silence, speaking only telepathically. Together they rob and steal from the men the girl seduces, taking cellphones, laptops, whatever they can find. Alpha is trying to build something – an antenna – desperately trying to find a way to get a message to their people back home. Meanwhile, there are unspeakably dark forces who have discovered their existence and are now hell-bent on tracking them down and eradicating them before more of their kind can come and join them.
For those unaware, I am a huge fan of silent films. To me, there is no greater storytelling aspect than the movement of the human body accompanied by the surrounding scenery.
If the visuals are striking enough, they’ll tell you a story without the requirement of words. Add in an overlay of music to set the scene too, an eye-opening introduction video and you get yourself a possible classic in the making. This is exactly what Alice In Chains serves up with Black Antenna which is not only for fans of their music but those who love genre film as well.
Within the first episode we’re brought into a seemingly normal world but as the video progresses, things seem to become more and more bizarre thanks to the unusual things the films leads are portraying such as tinkering with old cellular devices, the wiring of said devices to their vehicles radio and the blocking out all its windows prior to daylight.
“As soon as I heard the album, the music and lyrics spoke to me on a profoundly personal level and the film and subject matter was born directly out of that. I’ve always been a huge fan of Alice In Chains, and this has been a dream come true for me. Black Antenna is a perfect synergy of the band’s lyrics, and Black Antenna paints a dark and beautiful canvas of the deeply conflicted world we live in today.”
Adam Mason Black Antenna Director, Co-Writer
This is definitely an odd way to get things going and not one that I can claim to have personally seen before but it got me thinking about the upcoming outcome for the remainder of the film. Are they vampires, aliens or something completely new and unusual!
The performances by Paul Sloan (who has also co-written the film) and the lovely Viktoriya Dov as Alpha and Beta respectively, are something beyond words (pun intended).
But all jokes aside, Sloan’s abilities to display the story through his movements and physicality is pretty remarkable and a talent we see far too rarely these days while Dov, in the first two episodes, has yet to really wow me with anything she’s done but I feel as though her skills are going to shine through as the film progresses.
Of what we know from the Black Antenna synopsis, we really aren’t able to tell where the show is heading. Clearly, the “protagonists” are on a mission to contact a place in which is seemingly out of normal cellular reach for them but the exact plot of the story has yet to be seen within the first two videos.
At this point, there haven’t really been many effects work either next to a little practical blood which you can catch in the second part and the small use of computer graphics to enhance a wolf whom the leads come across in the desert for a quick moment.
For horror fans or those looking for a scare, you, unfortunately, aren’t going to find it here, at least not just yet but it is a very big possibility in the upcoming releases that we may see something horrifying. Let’s keep our fingers crossed!
The basis of the show is that it’s set to the music of the Alice In Chains 2018 album, Rainier Fog with each episode utilizing a different track to tell the story.
In all honesty, I’ve never been much of a music guy per se but have to say that the songs I’ve heard up to this point through the videos have aided in setting the tone for the accompanying visuals making it a worthwhile story to follow through with.
Overall, I’m really digging what Alice in Chains are doing here and I’m looking forward to seeing how the story progresses and if any of my questions regarding who and what Alpha and Beta are can be answered without leaving me stranded with a boatload of additional, unanswered questions.
This is definitely worth a look and to top it off, the videos are free on the Alice in Chains official YouTube page in which direct links to both episodes are embedded above for your viewing pleasure.