|Cast: ||Tim Hackney, Alexandra Milne, Rayvin Disla, Robert O'Gorman|
|Crew: ||Executive Producers: Justyn Davis, Christopher Fisher, Kirk Combe, Rik Cordero - Producers: Clayton Combe, Ryan Biazon - Cinematographer: Clayton Combe - Editor: Clayton Combe - Composer: Emily Danger
The year is 2084. Oak Wat is a Parker, which is to say he's at the bottom of the totem pole. He didn't have breakfast before work this morning, and he's starting to feel it, so he stops by his local slurry spot for a fill-up. The allfours - four channels of content that stream into his eyes and ears - are up to their usual: more terrorism, more Jesus, more stuff to go into debt for, and more insider stock tips to climb back out of it. For the last couple weeks, Oak's made a couple appearances too. He's a wanted man. He keeps an eye out for someone who might do something about it.The kid behind the counter can't be eleven yet, so he's not even had his implants for a year. He's still mesmerized with the allfours and all they seem to offer (hope, opportunity, purpose, and the like), but give him five years of hard jobbing and the glassy will set in. It did with Oak, and he started out in the exact same spot, riding a counter. Oak usually makes a point of not offering advice, but he warns the kid away from CorpTrooping. Maybe he won't end up dead as soon. The woman in line behind Oak isn't thrilled about his extended conversation. After all, she's only got a short lunch. She recognizes him from the news: he's AWOL from the CorpTroops, and wanted for killing officers. Not that she'll do anything about it. Not her problem. They have their lunch, a thick goop that's pumped directly into their stomachs. Fast food, indeed.And then, the allfours flicker and wink out, replaced by a Taste, an immersive broadcast that engages all five senses. Oak finds himself on the front porch of a farmhouse with an older man sipping lemonade. He introduces himself as Uncle Wobbly, and tells Oak in so many words that the system is weighted heavily against him. Wobbly tells him about the idea of solidarity and how things should work so everyone can be given a fair chance, but reminds him that talking about it isn't worth much. Something has to be done.The Taste ends, leaving Oak and the woman staring at each other, actually looking at another human being, without the allfours in the way, for the first time in who knows how long. The allfours kicks back in, the moment ends, she gets up and leaves. But Oak stays. Most of his life, he's known something was wrong, but he never imagined there was another way.
Clayton Combe was born in Oxford, England, but grew up in central Ohio. He always showed an artistic eye with his love of drawing, painting, and sculpture, but adopted the camera as his tool in high school and never looked back. He graduated from Oberlin College '07 with a film degree, and moved to New York to pursue his career as a cinematographer. His story-driven, moody, and subjective style has shown through in dozens of features, shorts, music videos, and commercials all over the world, earning him and his projects many awards and nominations.
Clayton would like to thank his father Kirk, mother Brenda, and wife Kelsey for their patience dealing with the filmmaking process, and for their limitless support in all areas of life.