Joyriders is a proof of concept short film from Raymond Carr and Ninja Puppet Productions
Three rowdy teens from the inner city stumble upon a dying alien who fuses their minds together enabling them to fly its spacecraft. Now, they must decide to use their new discovery to help the world that's never cared about them, or escape into the unknown.
BEHIND THE SCENES
I’ve been in love with creature effects in science fiction my whole life. I grew up in the 80’s and was raised on films like E.T, The Last Star Fighter, and Flight of the Navigator. All of these films showed a group of middle-class caucasian male adolescent experiencing extraordinary adventures because they were the “chosen ones.” Often it was acknowledged that they were chosen because of their pursuit of a moral code that was given to them by a mainstream sense of responsibility.
This film is about those who are left out. Those who society doesn’t feel are worthy of an adventure of this calibre. Maybe it’s because they’re too poor, or their culture doesn’t fit into the mainstream’s sense of what it means to be normal. The heroes of Joyriders aren’t "worthy" by any traditional sense of the word. I am interested in the question of what would society do if they suddenly realized that their most forgotten members have suddenly become their most important?
Ultimately, I hope to show that these kids deserve an adventure just as much as any other kid in the cinematic world. This is a movie that imagines that kids from the inner city actually deserve to dream big and have their dreams come true.