On top of a frozen lake, a legendary warrior confronts the god of winter. This god devoured the spirit of spring and thus the world has lived in darkness for centuries. An epic battle ensues between man and god.
My inspiration is taken from the infamous Canadian winter. What if the winter never left our land? Will there be a warrior to stand up against the beast of winter and bring back the vibrant spring? Based on this idea, I tried to tell a poetic story that is innovative and original.
The message behind my story is that our fears can be defeated. In order to deliver this message in an engaging and entertaining way, I chose to do a film within the action-adventure genre. Animation is all about simplicity and clarity; within one and half minutes, I have done my best to tell a traditional three-act story, a hero’s journey without any dialogue. I also tried to push the boundaries of the medium by combining the traditional Chinese painting style with 3D effects and backgrounds.
I have been planning for this project for four years, looking for references from all types of sources and trying different artistic techniques to link the 2D and 3D elements. During the last year of school, after I finished initial explorations, I started to finalize the storyboards and character designs. Throughout the process of production, I learnt how to finish my tasks under very tight deadlines as well as how to take advice from school advisers and classmates. Music is also a very important aspect of my film. I chose oriental percussion as a major timing element and because it enhances the feeling of intensity in battle. In the coloring stage, I enjoyed working with a group of helpers, who were dedicated and self-driven.
Last, but not least, creating this film was a journey of exploration, and I have learnt more about myself and my capabilities as an artist by going through the trials that have lead me to where I am today.