"Pour Games" Animated Short by Patrick Smith

 

A metaphorical world of diabolical wine glasses participate in a sadistic game, which is interrupted by a Puputan style protest, requiring immense self sacrifice. “Pour Games” asks the question: How much would you harm yourself to end a cycle of tyranny? When those in power are destructive of individual liberty, it is only natural that the people withdraw. Their freedom is earned by shattering the tyrannical game at great cost to themselves and their glass heads. Another installment in the “POUR” Series, set in a metaphorical world of living wine glasses. This story explores a twisted game of power dynamics, where two masters dominate their smaller subjects. The only way to end the game is to force the masters to lose interest. An individual glass accomplishes this by initiating a self-sacrificial rebellion, shattering his own head with his fist. This becomes contagious as the others see the results. They all smash their own heads happily and the game becomes impossible to play. Realizing this, the masters move on. But a new game is quickly reconstituted.. for there will always be a power hierarchy. Written/Directed/Animated by Patrick Smith Produced by Kaori Ishida Associate Producer Eason Lu Associate Producer Anita Zheng Associate Producer Michael McClain Sound Effects/Foley by Patrick Smith Backgrounds by Tony Curanaj Music by Argy Ottas Special Gratitude: Claude O’steen, Thomas Shelford, Nate Miltion, Joy Buran, Noelle Melody, Barry Rubin, Tim Miller, Tso Tne, Flying Film Festival, Jessica Nightingale, Mascha Stroobant, Mark Nettles Elliott, Alejandra Avalow, Pe Joyy, Shawny Animation. Premiered exclusively on Youtube.