The concept behind this project was to express a personal feeling of being overwhelmed by the challenges in life. I wanted to experiment with blending real footage and 3D animation with rotoscope and traditional cel animation techniques.
Programs Used : Photoshop, Maya, After Effects
A little storytelling;
In my hometown in Borneo, I live near a huge mountain called Santubong. It has been in the background for the majority of my life, and the story of Santubong comes from local folklore. It is the story of two immortal women named Santubong and Sejinjang who fought over a mortal man. The fight resulted in Sejinjang getting her head smashed into a million pieces, which became the islands around Borneo. To this day, the mountain’s silhouette resembles that of a woman’s head, and the woman in the animation is her.
Last summer, I spent quite a bit of time in the rainforests, and I learned that the mountain represented a long-lasting challenge for me. I saw it as a journey where you either let it overwhelm you or you choose to keep moving and ascending. To keep moving is something that I tell myself when things get challenging, and the animation was a personal expression of that feeling.
In the initial stages of this project, i struggled with pinning down the visual language to express the emotions i wanted to convey. the illustrations i had made were becoming very flat, and i was fighting myself from using colours that i had become too comfortable with. after a round of redesigning, i settled with a brighter and striking palette.
Initial Design Board
Redsigned Style frames