[[RAW HTML]] The Precious Years
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16mm Film of EC Comic Book Story The Precious Years

About 1980-1981 I was taking a 16mm film class at California State University at Sacramento. The main project for the semester was to produce a few 16mm sync sound films. Each student was told to present a plot synopsis and a handful would be selected for groups of 4 or 5 students to work on as a team. There were lots of talented film students in the class with good ideas for a movie so it wasn't an easy job to have your idea among the few selected for production. The title of my film proposal was The End Of Boredom about a dystopian future where the people are immortal but who become weary with eternal life. My proposal was one of the few selected probably because I had some uncredited help. I stole the plot from the EC comic book story "The Precious Years" published in Weird Science #19, 1953. EC publisher William Gaines said that he considered that story one of EC's better science fiction efforts. I figured if you are going to steal, you might as well steal from the best. None of the other students were comic book fans so I got away with my subterfuge. If you have the read the original EC story you might enjoy seeing how it was adapted into a movie. You don't have to wait for the file to finish loading, just click the small arrow on the left of the control bar below the screen when you want to start watching.