I decided to work on the third story as I was deeply shaken by the holocaust. Atrocities that happened with Jewish race were inhuman.
After getting inspired: I started reading more about the concentration camp victims and their experiences. Viktor frankl was one of the survivors of this camp. His life Story inspired me a lot as his determination to live in such sever conditions sets an example of hope and positivity. During my readings about concentration camp victims’ jotted down few keynotes which will help me develop my stories:
• Hallucinations of prisoner.
• Death, fury.
• Starvation leading to mental trauma, physical fatigue and death.
• Madness, laughter, extremities, imagination.
• Lice, unhygienic condition.
After watching the live footages of concentration camp victims and their personal interviews, I started connecting my research data and my instincts and I came up with this story of how a prisoner hallucinates due to hunger and his hallucinations reaches to such a level that he attains freedom.
1. Final Script:
After the final story was in place, it was time to put it into words. So a final script was decided. A script is always a great tool to understand your story better. I wrote down the minute details of the film in the script so that my visualization becomes clearer.
2. Character Explorations:
Slow and steady the doodles were giving shape to the look and feel of my story and a rough idea of the character was coming in place. The details of character design are as below:
(a) Initial Skecthes
(b) Finalizing the Character
(c) Final Character Design
(a) Initial Skecthes:
I sat in one corner and doodle all I could to get my basic ideas out. Which helped me visualize my character and story in a better way.
(b) Finalizing the Character:
The scribbled feel of the character were some how justifying the script and gave a nice dark feel to the content of the film.
(c) Final Character Design:
According to the story the character was food deprived, skinny and almost close to a skeleton. As the food deprivation has caused loss of flesh and muscles.
3. Story Board:
On the basis of the final script ,a detailed story board was made to finally see the movie in visual sequence.
Shot by shot division of the scenes and since majority of the film happens in the prison, so charcoal was used as a medium to get the feel of the film across in story board itself.
4. Concept Art and Style Exploration:
Few concept arts were made to explore the dark style of the film.
Charcoal studies of the character and feel of the film.
Mood and color tone exploration
5. Final Approach:
These were the initial styles which were hand drawn on paper and then layered frame by frame by charcoal, but animating the complete film in this way was a very tedious process. So another process had to be figure out.