Soft Matter

Synopsis: Two trespassing graffiti artists, two immortality-obsessed scientists, and one furious sea-god.
Genre: Comedy, Horror, Sci-Fi
74 min


(downbeat music)

How's he doing?

He's having a good day today.

Is the leakage cleared up?

See for yourself.

(liquid squirting)

Looking better than yesterday.


(upbeat music)

Don't think too much about Mr. Chrysler.

It has been a long time since he

has been anywhere near healthy.

[Female] I don't

expect him to be healthy.

I just wish he was a

little more substantial.

[Male] You're really worried about him.

I'm worried about us all.

Now I think making saline water

with table salt may be inferior

to using actual ocean water.

It says it's sea salt.

Doesn't matter.

We need to get some real

ocean water in here.

How are we going to do that?

I don't know yet

but I'll figure it out.

For now, just make sure

you're boiling the water

before you salt it.


I guess Mrs. Hedaker still

has some substance to her.

Can you tell what she wants?

I think she's hungry.

Or she's wet herself again.

There's no way to tell.

We could feed her just in case.

Hose her down before you leave.


[Male] You care more about this puzzle

than anyone else in here.

I don't care about

this damn thing at all.

[Male] I'm pretty sure

you're missing some pieces.

Well clearly you care

enough for the both of us.

You wanna get back to work,

make some science happen?

I am puzzling!

(door closing)

(downbeat music)



(indistinct shouting)

[Female] Sacks, this is not your room.

You will come with me.

Don't worry Ms. Treefish, he's gone now.

You did the right thing (mumbling).

Dude, you should paint a

picture of an ugly building

on to that actual ugly building.

Yeah, or a really wide

one on to a really tall one.

No, that wouldn't be funny.

Why are you so into ghosts anyway?

Because they're everywhere

and nobody ever talks about them.

Or to them.

You can't talk to them

or you could but they can't talk back.

[Female] Like a pet.

Sort of like a pet.

I do have a pet ghost though.

You have a pet ghost?

Yep, since my turtle died.

Haircut, your turtle is dead

And I'm sorry for your loss

But you got a pet ghost instead

Plus an army helmet or a coffee mug

Or it could be a nightlight

full of lightning bugs

Haircut, your turtle is dead

And I'm sorry for your loss

But you got a pet ghost instead

I like, I love what we do

but I just wish I could make something

that mom'd be proud of.

I mean have you ever thought about

transitioning to high art?

No, I have to do

overall social messages.

I love doing monsters.

I mean what if you did

like a site specific thing?

In a graveyard?

Or a haunted building.

I don't think that'll impress my mom.

I'm gonna put you together

the best ever art show.

That way, when the art world loves you

your mom will love you.

And they love haunted buildings?

I know some art world

people who will be into it.

Art world people are into cocaine.

True, and wine and cheese.

You know any places

that might be possessed?

I got some leads.

(downbeat music)

I hate washing the dishes.

[Female] Is everyone locked?

Not yet.

You need linoleic acid.

[Female] I'm worried about room eight.

I already locked 206.

You need linoleic acid.


Are you sure that this is worth it?

[Female] Worth what?

Worth all the death.

Worth whatever we're

doing to these people.

It is worth that.

It is worth that and more.

It is worth nearly every

life on this planet

to achieve immortality.

What have these people

done that makes them

worth more than immortality?

You need linoleic acid.

Turn off the old man.

What will immortality...

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Submitted on August 05, 2018


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