Apparently some enterprising student filmmakers decided to shoot a story from Brian Wood and Becky Cloonan’s DEMO. The results wound up on YouTube, and are kind of hilarious.
For those of you who haven’t read DEMO (get to it!), it’s a series of done-in-one short stories about young people. Many of the stories revolved around a superpower, but this particular one did not. It’s just the story of a young couple breaking up.
Watching comics get translated to film is always interesting and spawns nitpicking, but this one made me think in particular about the pacing and timing of comics. The story on the page reads slowly, calmly, unfolding like the wreckage of a failed relationship before your eyes, with Becky Cloonan’s stark black and white drawings keeping it simple yet capturing each bit of emotion. And like most writers that started off as artists, Brian Wood knows how to get out of Cloonan’s way and let her draw.
Yet this version seems so rushed, and reads the characters differently than I did. Still, it’s fun to watch.