Horror: Glimmermen Episode 2, Each Uisce
Glimmermen Episode 2: Each Uisce
Multimedia Thesis Project
“Each Uisce” begins with the Narrator detailing the myth of the each uisce, a shape-shifting water horse, with additional material from a folklore “professor” from the fictional Cork City University. She then introduces an interview, conducted by the Glimmermen in 1973. The subject, Máire Ní Chúalláin, recounts her first-hand experience with one of the titular creatures as a child. As a Connemara resident, she tells her story in Irish. As she reminisces, we see flashbacks of her story. The piece ends with a twist; Máire is discovered to actually be the monster, before lunging at the interviewers as the screen goes black.
Production Team :
Glimmermen is a web-based transmedia narrative which invites users into the world of An Roinn Anaithnid – the Department of the Unknown. The website Glimmer.men acts as an exposé and hub of information about the supernatural beasts and cryptids of Irish folklore which are revealed to actually exist, having been covered up by “Glimmermen” since their inception 1937.
Users are presented with four documentary-style videos about Irish monsters, complete with cinematic flashback sequences, special effects and the ever-present Narrator character, who has purportedly created Glimmer.men to warn the public about this grand conspiracy.
The site also hosts a discussion forum and “hacked” government archive, where much additional information (which adds context and depth to the primary videos) can be found. Parts of the site, including a video finale, are inaccessible without passwords which require close examination of all materials to find. In this way, Glimmermen seeks to further the development of transmedia storytelling by attempting to create a self-contained narrative world across multiple formats, accessible from a single location.
Glimmermen is also an experiment in the exploitation of Irish folklore for the purposes of pure entertainment and cinematic horror. Great care has been taken to imbue the videos and additional materials with elements that thrill, surprise and scare.