SDF OCT Round 3
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SDF Round 2 - Upsteam Color - EpilogueSDF Round 2 - Upsteam Color - Epilogue by Evelyn-Cross
Panzen paced around the small studio room. It hurt to put weight on his injured leg, but he felt too anxious standing idly by and not doing anything.
The myrzte knew why he was brought here, though he had no clue when he'd be permitted to leave. That was, if he’d be able to leave at all. He’d tried to leave already but his newly assigned talent agent, Hunky, had all but told him why he couldn't. The very least he could've offered was an explanation. Instead he was left to his thoughts, worrying over what might happen. He wondered if the same might’ve happened to the owners of those voices from the library.
When he heard the door creak open, he turned to face it, hackles raised. Without a word, Winston entered the tiny room; his usual bravado missing. He looked almost humble.
“Things were not supposed to end this way. It was a mistake on my part and for that I’m truly sorry. So instead, I would like to offer you a job as a storyboard artist, where you will
SDF Round 2 - Upstream Color - Part 5SDF Round 2 - Upstream Color - Part 5 by Evelyn-Cross
“Unfortunately, due to a mistake by one of my crew,” the weasel glared at Winky then continued, “Panzen had to be disqualified. And I am not happy with this outcome. Both your performances were interrupted and at that point, there was no clear winner. It would be unfair to your fellow contestants if you won by default. And what I’m looking for is great performances under pressure, so I know you can be a part of my cast and crew.”
Winston threw a dirty look at the beige crocodile again. Martha, Large, and Vulgare remained dead silent.
Winky cringed, “But, Winston, I…”
“You are new and I forgive your mistake, but now you must be silent,” the weasel snapped. Frustration showed in Winston’s eyes but he quickly rebounded, “I have another proposition. I would like to pose one question to each of you, and if you both answer honestly, then I will allow you to move on. If not, you will be escorted off the premises.”
SDF Round 2 - Upstream Color - Part 4SDF Round 2 - Upstream Color - Part 4 by Evelyn-Cross
“I won’t deny what I did. I guess I’m just a dumb feral beast,” the baboon tossed off his jacket and took a step closer to the myrtze, “I only wanted to get this round over with, so I could get out of here. And without pissing off that sadist.” Umozozi gestured at Winston, “But screw it, this is probably what he wants anyway! And at least I can end your. Goddamn. Monotone!”
Josefina tried to reach out to grab Umozozi's shoulder. All she wanted was to talk sense into him but her reflexes were too slow, and her friend lunged at Panzen.
Before the baboon could reach, he received a deep swipe across the nose. The baboon recoiled in surprise, and the myrtze took off in the opposite direction.
"I can't help my monotone, you ass!" Panzen called back.
Fueled by his fury and frustration, the baboon continued to trail after him, rubbing his bloody nose as he ran.
In his haste, the wound on Panzen’s foot reopened, and he began to panic.
SDF Round 2 - Upstream Color - Part 3SDF Round 2 - Upstream Color - Part 3 by Evelyn-Cross
The weasel jumped up and down excitedly. “I’m glad you agreed because I’ve got the perfect script for you! So, I’m sure you all know our wonderful action film, German Shepherd Adventure Squad,” Winston ignored Panzen, Josefina, and Umozozi as they groaned. “Well, little did you all know, it was initially a small indie script called “German Shepherd State”. It’s much different from the product you know and love. But there are so many different twists and turns one could take when adapting a script. I’d love to see another artist’s take!"
For a passing moment, everyone’s troubles were forgotten.
“Jo, can you believe it? What an absurd origin for an absurd movie.”
“Greatness runs on absurdity,” countered Winston. “Anyway, here’s the script,” he handed a copy of the manuscript to each of them. “You have one hour to come up with a performance, and you may come up with
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