The December edition of Liars’ League HK had not 2, but 3 concepts for its theme: Sex & Drugs & Rock ‘n’ Roll. I came up with the dark story of a boy, ready to sell his soul to become Hong Kong’s next music idol. Watch Daniel Levia give him life:
I want to thank him, but also Vishal Nanda for his great additions to the story — it wouldn’t be nearly as good without them –, and of course the whole team of Liars’ League.
On the technical side (caution — mild spoilers below), using three different concepts created some difficulties for me, although not necessarily what one might expect. Something I find very smart with Liars’ League is the way each theme combines two concepts (with their trademark “&”): this combination creates opposition, conflict between the two notions — and conflict automatically generates stories.
But here, “Sex & Drugs & Rock ‘n’ Roll…” The conflict isn’t so obvious, because we are used to the association. Hence, maybe, a story that is a bit traditional (and I take full responsibility for it).
The other difficulty came from the fact that when someone utters it, “Sex & Drugs & Rock ‘n’ Roll,” Hong Kong isn’t exactly the first place that comes to mind. (Although if you dig a little, you’ll realize that some famous names came from here: INXS’ Michael Hutchence, for example.)
It was this incongruity that I tried to exploit — Hong Kong & Rock ‘n’ Roll. And Ralphie, the local boy with big dreams, appeared.
I’m kind of sad for him. Aren’t you?