In an interview with Albert Herrera, he explains the differences between the movie "Rupturian" and the book "Last Call from Earth –
Stage I, Biological Survival".
New York, NY, February 07, 2010 -- Q. I understand you have prepared a script for Rupturian. How different is it from the book Last
Call from Earth?
A. The script contains the same basic elements and concepts, but presented and developed in a different way, and in a different
Q. Could you give an example of a different way?
A. The basic event in the story is that humanity faces imminent extinction. In the book that is caused by a collision against our
universe of another universe; due to the collision there is a rupture through which strings escape…. our atmosphere is affected….
This is a concept very difficult to communicate and develop in a movie. The script was changed so that now what we have is a
supernova. In our history, 440 million years ago, a supernova almost finished life on Earth. A supernova makes the script more
Q. And also more graphical and dramatic; I can see that. Do you still make it happen on December 21, 2012?
A. No. It happens in the immediate future, but not a specific date. This makes the story more permanent.
Q. Could you give an example of a change in the order of the story?
A.A. In the book, the story starts in the XIII century, 280 years from now, and we look back to what has happened up until that
moment; in the movie, the story starts at the present time and moves forward. In the book, the people in the colonies get sick with
CRDS (Circadian Rhythm Degeneration Syndrome). The disease is caused by a disruption in the normal functioning of the DNA,
caused by not teleporting microorganisms that the human body needs to be normal. In the script, the people that remain on Earth
after the supernova are the ones that would get sick with CRDS. While the radiation of an atomic bomb affects living organisms
immediately, the radiation from a supernova affects the DNA resulting in cancer, dementia, and physical malformations. With this
change, again, the script becomes more realistic... but in the end, that doesn't happen because we are saved using advanced
Rupturian technology to create a gas cloud diffuser that filters out the life damaging particles of a supernova.
Q. The overall concept of the Rupturians remains the same?
A. Yes. That’s a key concept. Without the advanced Rupturian technology and their vision of reality the story doesn’t exist.
Q. Looking at things in perspective, how do you see the book versus the script?
A. I would say the book is the classic version, the way I thought about it for the first time, without putting any constraints to my
imagination. And the script is the result of many, many revisions of all sorts to make it more realistic; it is the result of a team effort.
The final script is the result of several revisions made by a team of professional writers that include Brad Schreiber, Peter
Mellencamp (STAR TREK) , Paul Young (THE LORD OF THE RINGS) and Paul Guay.
Q. Which one do you prefer?
A. Both; the first one for sentimental reasons. I still remember when I thought about it for the first time. I was in New York in a very
cold winter, the boiler was broken, and I had to wear my coat in bed in order to sleep. I had just read a couple of books about the
fabric of the universe and the strings theory, in my mind I created a minor big bang explosion and the Last Call from Earth started to
exist. In practical terms I prefer the script, since it is the result of thinking and rethinking the same concepts, by several people, over
and over again, until the story became simpler, more realistic, and with emphasis in the most important aspects.
Q. Still thinking about a trilogy?
A. Yes, but now presented in a different way.
In Rupturian I, we are going to be hit by a supernova that will finish life on Earth, but we are saved using the advanced technology of
In Rupturian II, with the advanced technology of the Ruprurians we start to explore vast areas of the universe, but with such an
advanced technology we come close to destroying ourselves, like the Rupturians did.
In Rupturian III, with the advanced technoogy of the Rupturians we reach the edge of the expanding universe, go beyond the realm
of Being and enter in contact with God through His dimension of Nothingness.
Q. Sounds really interesting, and unique. I can see you have created a whole world in your mind. Do you still have soul
transplantation from one body to another?
A. No, now I have a cleaner solution, always with the help of Rupturian technology. Now I have “teleportation” .
Q. Why is that better?
A. Soul transplantation into another body has religious connotations; one of the most critical issues being: What happens to the
soul that was in the recipient body before? The concept of teleportation, on the other hand, is normally accepted without moral,
ethical or religious concerns.
Q. Do you still have Super Suits?
A. Of course. That’s another key element. As I say to my nephew, a kid 10 years old, you cannot be Superman, because he is from
Krypton and you are from Earth; but you can be a Super Suit deputy… Of course, you have to learn how to use the cellular phone
that connects you to the Rupturian Intergalatic Network.
Q. The RIN?
Q. Is The RIN better than 3G? (laughing)
A. Of course. (also laughing) The coverage of 3G is only the Earth, while with The RIN you can communicate throughout the Local
Group of Galaxies.
Q. Which means?
A. All throughout our galaxy, the Milky Way, and the Andromeda and Triangulum galaxies?
Q. How much do you have to pay for that plan? (laughing).
A. It's free! (also laughing)
Q. What about Tepeu and Gucumatz, are they in the movie?
A. Definitely. Tepeu becomes infused with spiritual force of the last Rupturian.
Q. Something new that is not in the book?
A. In New Earth we find magnetic beings that attack us and suck our blood.
Q. Suck our blood? You don’t mean “magnetic vampires”, do you?
A. You make me laugh. (laughing). They are not vampires. They suck our blood because they want to absorb the DNA of our
evolution. What is it that makes us so different from other living creatures? The answer is in the DNA.
Q. Wow! That’s cool. What about the environment in New Earth, how is it?
A. The vegetation is different. The rotation of New Earth doesn't have any inclination with respect to the suns, as is the case with the
Earth, so that there are no seasons. All year long the temperature is the same, like in spring. The trees do no "die" in winter to be
born again in spring; consequently, they grow and grow. There are flowers the size of our trees.
A. New Earth is a planet in a three star planetary system. Two suns in the center, one going around the other, and a third one in an
outer orbit. When the two suns in the inside go down at sunset, the one on the outside goes up at dawn.
Q. That must be beautiful to see: dawn and sunset at the same time... So, there are no nights.
A. Right, but they are artificially created. The cities are built under huge domes that create nights artificially.
Q. Wow! Really impressive. I can see that the movie is going to have beautiful scenery.
A. Yes. The scenery is paramount. It’s like another character, so to speak. And also the sound. To create the environment of the
Rupturian world, the movie has sounds never herd on Earth.
Q. In 3D?
A. Depends on the funds we raise.
Q. Where are you going to shoot the movie?
A. Eight weeks in New York, one in Guatemala, and one in Mexico. There are also short scenes in other countries, but they will be
taken by local companies that we are going to contact to do the job.
Q. What countries, what cities?
A. Paris, London, Moscow and Rio de Janeiro.
Q. Where in Guatemala, where in Mexico ?
A. In Guatemala, at the Atitlan lake, where Tepeu gets selected by the soulstrings as the person that is going to become infused
with the spiritual force of the Rupturians, and in Mexico, at Chichen Itza, where Tepeu will perform a ceremony for the return of
Kukulkan. Most of the scenes, however, will be composed of computer generated images.
Q. It's really very impressive; a unique story!.
A. Thank you. I'll invite you to one of the premieres.
Q. See you there, then.
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