From the film-maker:
I was really impressed and moved by how much emotion was communicated by a painting or, in my mind, a frame of animation. I thought to myself that if a single image can do this, what would it be like with hundreds of images? This inspired me to set myself a challenge to capture the emotional essence of the painting and communicate it through animation.
I really wanted to find out why the character was in that emotional state, so I researched a little on the background story and used some elements from it as a starting point for my story. I then added my own little twist. I wanted to keep as many elements from the painting as I could so that you could relate to the painting, but simplified so that it could be animated.
A piece inspired by Guido Reni: Saint Jerome, about 1624-5