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Mindplant

The Story

Set in a futuristic setting, Connie and Quorn two strangers decide to take a vacation in the Mindplant program a new system for implanting your mind into the body of another so you can live vicariously through someone else's eyes for a short time. However things start to go wrong and some people minds are implanted into the wrong bodies and they become trapped in other peoples lives as part of the experimental research by the founder Barbelo.

Connie steps into the life of Skylar a beautiful, high tech vigilante who is set tasks by a mysterious caller. Quorn a rugged and attractive man with a scar on his chin from the days of his youth, becomes a deadly assassin and Skylar becomes his target.

Barbelo is desperate to try and cover up the experimental research that she is doing that has caused the glitch in the Mindplant program before the research financers find out the truth. Connie and Quorn were never meant to leave the Mindplant program Barbelo planned their elimination whilst in the program once she realised the experiments had gone wrong.


Clients would be placed in the body preservation dormitories and their minds transplanted into the body of another.  It was the ideal vacation and escape from their mundane lives and routines.  However things went wrong due to the experimental research implemented by Barbelo, she started to take risks and push the boundaries of science and her research as far as she could and people became trapped in the program.  

Connie and Quorn meet again within the program as Skyler and Montgomery and together they start to try to figure a way out of the program and save others who were also trapped in there like they are.

Barbelo along with the Mindplant program employees Mena and Gavin try to cover up the experiments she had been involved in and reverse the consequences of the risks she had taken.  Some of the measures they implement actually make the situation worse and risk even more lives.    As Gavin and Mena start to unravel the truth they discover a more sinister situation.  They start to realize there is more to Barbelo than meets the eye and the fact that she may actually have implemented the changes to the program and trapped people inside the program on purpose.

Written by Jill Thrussell

Quotes

“Now was my chance to fulfill my fantasy. Now was my chance to live a life I’d never dared to live in reality.” ~ Jill Thrussell

“You know this is an intricate, involved process. Some people get very used to the bodies they have been implanted into and find it disappointing when they return to their everyday lives.” Mena explained. “Some people have problems adjusting back to their own lives.” ~ Jill Thrussell

“The isolation was soul destroying and the pigeon hole I had been placed in at work was demotivating.” ~ Jill Thrussell

“I was hungry for excitement. Hungry for my vacation activities to start. Hungry to hunt down those I was too kill.” ~ Jill Thrussell

“We had gambled with the intrinsic laws of nature and now we were paying the ultimate price.” ~ Jill Thrussell

“Illusions are fabrications of fragmented data designed to appease the soul and entice the flesh. Even in the real world we're surrounded by illusions. Like false advertising and misrepresentations by people. Visual just created a world not so different from our own. Where such illusions are fulfilled and enjoyed vicariously.” Spiral explained. ~ Jill Thrussell

“Meet Visual.“ Concept added. “He is the embodiment of the program. He carries out the daily maintenance of the environment. He makes you believe the illusions within it are real. He is our opponent. If he catches you, you die.” ~ Jill Thrussell

“We have to kill them inside the program to get them out. The retrieval system is no longer working.” Barbelo explained. “But Maverick's making it difficult. They found him and now he's helping them elude their deaths.” ~ Jill Thrussell

Connie lay paralyzed inside the coffin in the depths of the ground. She couldn't move trapped inside the physical confines of Skylar's dead body. She contemplated her fate as frustration set in and she screamed inside. It was useless her screams could not be verbalized and remained silent and unheard as the night washed over the graveyard above. ~ Jill Thrussell

"Visual notified me there are currently ten Randoms loose in the Mindplant program now. If they find Maverick and find each other we could have an astronomical problem on our hands.“ Riotus remarked to the two other Exterminators Chaos and Agress who were standing nearby. ~ Jill Thrussell

Concept began to question his own leaderhip abilities. Connie had been abducted by The Exterminators when she had been with him. Suddenly he began to doubt his own appointment. It was mind numbingly traumatic. He failed Connie and he'd failed himself. His absolution was not forthcoming, his conscience was disturbed. He couldn't forgive his error in judgement. ~ Jill Thrussell

Barbelo initiated the Memory Replacement Sequence, the (MRS) procedures often presented erratic results and there was various dangers, such as permanent brain damage and sometimes even physical death. The situation now however had escalated and Connie had now become threat to her existence, the evolution and achievement of her life's work. She was not prepared to sacrifice that for Connie or anyone else. Her life was now a secondary concern to Barbelo's first love and loyalties. Her priorities were and always had been her work, it took precedence over all those she deemed participants in the servitude of scientific accomplishment, evolution and achievement. She was the controller, orchestrator and implementer of their contribution to the future, in her mind their consent to her experimental meanderings was neither needed or required. It was a subversive, hidden cost; one that was not factored into the glossy brochure descriptive's or authorized structure the government financiers had been presented. ~ Jill Thrussell

Explanations, lingering thoughts to communicate, unresolved misunderstandings and intricate emotional explorations which would never occur as death hung outside waiting to encapsulate, devour and ravage her mind, body and soul. Death was patiently waiting, preparing to drag her away to an unknown and foreign destination; never to return, never to live, never to feel, never to exist ever again. The finality of the potential outcome that was anticipated and had the likeliest probability of occurrence chilled her heart with fear making it as cold as ice. ~ Jill Thrussell

Barbelo was proud of her achievements and she knew the mind extraction sensory tool she had developed especially for the Mindplant program was unique in form; it actually sensed and locked onto the interior of a clients brain, extracted it and then inserted their consciousness into the body of the profile they'd selected within the simulated Mindplant world, she'd built with Visual's assistance and it had taken them a few years to achieve the required results. ~ Jill Thrussell

 

Genre

Sci-fi/Thriler

Short Film

MindPlant! Written & Directed by Jill Thrussell (Release 2015)

Genre: Sci-fi

 

 Mindplant!:: Written by Jill Thrussell  

Characters

Agress

Supporting, Male
One of Visual's exterminators. Exterminators are not human but formulate and manifest in human form. Their composite element is niobium a metal ore derivative of coltan.
 

Chaos

One of Visual's exterminators. Exterminators are not human but formulate and manifest in human form. Their composite element is niobium a metal ore derivative of coltan.
 

Concept

Leader of the Random's a group who have escaped within the Mindplant program and are hiding from Visual and the Exterminators.
 

Extinct

One of Visual's exterminators. Exterminators are not human but formulate and manifest in human form. Their composite element is niobium a metal ore derivative of coltan.
 

Matter

Supporting, Male
One of the Random's group who have escaped within the Mindplant program and are hiding from Visual and the Exterminators.
 

Maverick

Elusive, intriguing and intellectually superior. Maverick is a genius that helped create and initiate the program with Barbelo. He knows its secrets and the Random's are trying to hunt him down for answers in order to assist them in escaping. He resides within the program. The Randoms, Connie and Quorn are in a race against time to find him as the Exterminators may reach him before they do.
 

Riotus

One of Visual's exterminators. Exterminators are not human but formulate and manifest in human form. Their composite element is niobium a metal ore derivative of coltan.
 

Spiral

One of the Random's group who have escaped within the Mindplant program and are hiding from Visual and the Exterminators.
 

Strangler

One of Visual's exterminators. Exterminators are not human but formulate and manifest in human form. Their composite element is niobium a metal ore derivative of coltan.
 

Visual

One of the main antagonists he assists Barbelo in maintaining the Mindplant program from within. He is the architect of everything within it. He can manipulate it at will and he sends the Exterminators to find and kill the Randoms, Maverick, Connie and Quorn who he fears will escape. He isn't human.
 

Weaver

One of the Random's group who have escaped within the Mindplant program and are hiding from Visual and the Exterminators.