Production Design: Look Books
Using Mary Shelley's novel for Frankenstein I created a conceptual production design look book. Set in 2097, in a seemingly Utopian society, Frankenstein and his infamous creature are at odds. Frankenstein, a hardcore trans-humanist, advocates physical perfection and beauty through artificial, unnatural means. The creature stands in opposition. However, this adaptation has a twist in the end as the creature is revealed not monstrous but normal looking. The contradiction leaves the audience to question its own society and views of the beautiful and monstrous.
Romeo and Juliet
1990s post Soviet reign, Romeo and Juliet are torn by pre and post Soviet ideologies. This rendition of Shakespeare's classic tale takes place in the more impoverished, reclusive areas of the recently dissolved USSR as people are trying to come to grips with how to move forward. Isolation, desperation and a new way of thinking, this tale is told from the perspective of Juliet.
A fairy tale turns into a war torn world of Norse gods, mythological creatures and vikings. Valkyries: war ravaged, winged women fight against humans for the honor of Asgard and control of Midgard.
Lemony Snicket's Series of Unfortunate Events
My rendition of this non-conventional children's tale is filmed using stop motion animation because the stories possess a dark, sinister quality that go in tandem with a child-like innocence. Using the original book illustrations as inspiration, I went for a very animated, exaggerated world. Since these characters are so colorful and specific, so too are the homes they inhabit. Just like the characters, the sets have a personality and language of their own.