An animated dystopian sci-fi web series.
In the far future, an alien species called the Senlac effortlessly conquer a human settlement on the planet Paradise and establish authoritarian rule. 18-year-old Charlie inadvertently joins a resistance group formed to fight the Senlac and their human collaborators.
His enthusiasm and glamorous ideas of resistance slowly erode as he’s exposed to the harsh realities of what it truly means to fight and the sacrifices he must make on the way to liberation.
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Cast and Credits
Series music composed by Eric San Juan.
The idea for Paradise Lost has been evolving in the back of my mind for a long time. The initial idea came to me in a dream almost 20 years ago, and I’ve been slowly refining it since then. So much of the concept has changed but the general themes (such as identity, resistance, and idealism vs. pragmatism) have remained, and I’m pleased to finally be able to introduce the characters and the start of their journey.
I often liken the tone of Paradise Lost and its emphasis on character development and evolution (and the fact that anyone can die) to a zombie show like The Walking Dead or an ’80s anime mech show like Gundam – but without the zombies and giant robots, of course.
Other influences and inspiration came from Cyborg 009, Final Fantasy VII, Xabungle, and Battlestar Galactica.
The Paradise Lost pilot was selected/screened at the following film festivals:
- Gen Con Film Festival 2022 (Best Animated Film)
- Brooklyn SciFi Film Festival 2022
- Baltimore Next Media Web Fest 2022 (Honorable Mention in Animation)
- Panama Series Festival 2023
- Swiss International Film Festival 2023
- FantaSci Short Film Festival 2023
- First Night Morris County Film Festival 2023